Julius Henricus Quinkhard (1734-1795)

Julius Henricus Quinkhard (1734-1795)

Julius Henricus Quinkhard (Amsterdam 1734 – 1795 Amsterdam)

An Old Woman Selling Pancakes to a Woman with Children

Black chalk on paper, brown ink framing lines, 344 x 280 mm (13.25 x 11 inch)

Signed, dated and inscribed ‘G: Metsu Pinx: [partly erased] / J: Quinkhard – Del: 1758.’ (verso)

- Unidentified collector's mark of a lion in a shield (on the backing sheet)
- Private collection, The Netherlands


An old woman is baking pancakes on a small stove and receiving a few coins in payment from a young mother with an infant in hear arms and a young son by her side, who has just started eating one of the freshly baked pancakes. This casual scene taken from the daily life of ordinary people is a typical example of a ‘genre’ piece, brought to perfection by Dutch painters of the 17th century such as Jan Steen, Pieter de Hoogh and Gabriël Metsu.

The present sheet is a highly sophisticated ‘natekening’ after a painting by Gabriël Metsu (1629-1669) by Julius Henricus Quinkhard, executed in 1758, as was proudly inscribed by the artist on the verso. The painting by Metsu was owned by the Swedish collector Count Gustav Adolf Sparre (1746-1794) and was offered at Sotheby’s by his descendants on 5 December 2007, lot 9 (see last image).

Our drawing is the earliest record in existence documenting the Metsu from the Sparre collection and must indicate that the painting was still in Holland at the time. ‘Natekeningen’ such as the present sheet were sometimes commissioned as mementos by owners of paintings who were forced to sell their prized possessions, but were also commissioned frequently by specialized collectors of drawings.

Julius Henricus Quinkhard was born into a family of artists; he was taught by his father, Jan Maurits Quinkhard (1688-1772), who himself had trained under Arnold Boonen. The most famous work by the artist is the 1757 double portrait of himself with his father, preserved in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.1


1. Inv. no. A 324; P.J.J. van Thiel, All the paintings of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Amsterdam 1976, p. 462.

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Julius Henricus Quinkhard (1734-1795)
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