Shoemaker's Shop

Quiringh Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam (Dutch, 1620-1668)
c. 1660
Oil on panel 
23-3/8 x 32-1/2 in. (59.4 x 82.6 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
On View

Born in Leiden, Quiringh van Brekelenkam was known for his genre paintings depicting shoemakers, tailors, and other tradesmen in seventeenth century Holland. In these works, rooms with furnishings and clusters of objects that resemble still lifes are dominated by figures engaged in some form of craft. In his painting of a shoemaker and his wife, the artist uses a palette of delicate gray tones, luminous reds and purples and warm whites and browns. Brekelenkam is also known to have executed a few still-life compositions.


Lord Kinnaird, London (sale, Christies, London, 7 May 1806, lot 35, to);
Possibly Francis Dukinfield Astley, Dukinfield Lodge, Chester (sale, Winstanley, Liverpool, 2 August 1810, lot 41).
Anonymous, (sale, Squibb, London, 4 March 1811, lot A49).
Possibly Thyssen, Amsterdam, (sale, Christies, London, 21 January 1854, lot 6 to);
Rev. R.M.P. Mealey, Belmont, Bath (Christie's, London, 11 June 1870, lot 108, to [?]);
Adolph B. Goldsmidt, Cavenham Park, (sale, Christies, London, 26 May 1922, lot 37, to);
[Colnaghi and H.M. Clark, stock no. A1094, sold 28 May 1922 to];
Tancred Borenius (1885-1948).
Dr. Hans Wertmuller, (sale, Christie's, London, 26 June 1964, lot 155, gns. 750 to);
Lord Belper et al, anon. part (Christie's London, 2 July 1976, lot 51).
[Julia Krause Gallery, Paris, 1976, sold through];
[Essoldo Fine Arts Ltd., London, 12 December 1977 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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