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The delicate palette and bravura handling of this jewel-like example of Brouwer’s art, painted on a beige ground, are typical of the artist’s maturity and help explain his appeal to contemporaries such as Rubens and Rembrandt. The composition was popular and frequently copied, Brouwer himself producing a number of closely related compositions. When the historian Dr Waagen saw 'A Boor Asleep' in Manchester House in 1854 he described it as ‘by far the finest example of this rare master I know’.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1630–c.1638

Medium

oil on oak panel

Measurements

H 36.6 x W 27.6 cm

Accession number

P211

Acquisition method

acquired by Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford by 1820; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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