Bust of a Peasant


Adriaen Van Ostade (1610-1685), Bust of a Peasant (or, A Female Peasant Laughing), etching, 1647 (see discussion below). Reference: Godefroy 2, third state (of 5). In very good condition, with small margins outside of the platemark, 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches.

A fine strong impression, before the artist’s initials were added and the borderline was strengthened with a burin.

Godefroy indicates that impressions from this state were included in the later Picart edition, but there is evidence that impressions of this state were also taken before the Picart edition; this impression appears sufficiently fine to suggest that it is a lifetime impression.

Godefroy dates this to 1636, but subsequent authorities have concluded that this work is far too mature to date that early, and suggest a later date (Schnackenburg 1647-52; Slatkes 1650-52).

This was probably meant as a companion piece or pendant to Godefroy 1, Bust of a Laughing Peasant.