Andries Dirksz Both, (1612/13 - 1642), Dutch School, Pen and...

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Andries Dirksz Both, (1612/13 - 1642), Dutch School, Pen and brown ink and wash, Peasant figures as characters in a popular theatrical performance engaged in some form of bawdy joke. The man on the left is carrying a pitchfork over his right shoulder and a full net bag in his left hand. The other man is dancing before him, speaking and gesticulating. Above each figure is an inscription in brown ink in ancient Flemish. Over the man on the left it says ''Ribbe de klootenbacher'' - translating as ''Ribbe the testicles baker'' which explains the contents of the mesh bag. Over the man on the right is the wording ''Self toer maeken'' - the translation of which has not been possible though it would appear to be some sort of pun. There is a much later inscription in the lower margin ''Original drawing by Jacques Callot 1593 + 1635 given by Lady Barbara Eyre to M Finegan about 1830''. This, however appears to be an erroneous assignation and the drawing is very close in style to another by Andries Both sold at Sothebys, New York, 26th January 2011, lot 617 which also bore an attribution to Callot. It seems possible that Andries Both may have given his contemporary Jacques Callot these drawing at some stage. Another similar drawing, appearing to be one of this series by Andries Both, was sold at Sotheby's, 22 July 1965, lot 174

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