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Children Playing with a Goat

Artist:
Style of Jacob de Wit (Dutch, 18th century)
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
26 3/4 x 41 in. (67.9 x 104.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1906
Accession Number:
07.225.257
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed (lower left): de Wit
[Georges Hoentschel, Paris, until 1906; sold to Morgan]; J. Pierpont Morgan, New York (1906)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," September 18, 2007–January 6, 2008, no catalogue.

André Pératé and Gaston Brière. Collections Georges Hoentschel. Vol. 3, XVIIIe siècle. Paris, 1908, p. 23, pl. XCIX, as "Jeux d'enfants" by Jacob de Wit; date it about 1742–43; suggest that it is a sketch for a larger decoration.

Nicole Hoentschel et al. Georges Hoentschel. Saint-Rémy-en-l'Eau, 1999, ill. pp. 195, 198 (gallery installations), reproduces photographs of it hanging in Hoentschel's gallery on Boulevard Flandrin.

Walter Liedtke. Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 852, 960–62, no. 221, colorpl. 221, states that it is in De Wit's style "but falls well below his level of quality"; notes that it "does appear to be Dutch, and to date from the eighteenth century".

Old Master Paintings: Part II. Christie's, New York. April 14, 2016, unpaginated, under no. 271.



The picture was probably intended as an overdoor or similar decoration. It is a copy after a marble relief of 1626 by François Duquesnoy (Flemish, 1597–1643) in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome. There exist numerous sculpted and pictorial copies after the original. There is an ivory copy in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and painted examples by Desportes, Watteau, and Chardin. A painted version was sold at Christie's, South Kensington, December 12, 2003, no. 112, as Circle of Jacob de Wit. A painted version of 1748 by Simon Michel Liégeois was sold at Sotheby's, Monaco, December 2, 1994, no. 22. The composition also appears as a stone relief at the bottom of Gerard Dou's Self-Portrait (14.40.607).
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