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Gallery Text

Van Bouckhorst worked as a glass painter and an etcher, but is best known for his spirited, inventive drawings. Dated drawings survive from 1612 to 1629, and they treat a broad range of themes, from biblical and mythological subjects to portraits, merry companies, scenes from everyday life, allegories, and armorial designs. Juffrouw Braet-Haringh, or “Mistress Grilled Herring,” must have been a comic character in popular entertainment, such as the farces presented by a chamber of rhetoricians (rederijkerkamer), a kind of amateur literary society whose public readings and performances figured prominently in the cultural life of Netherlandish towns during the 16th and early 17th centuries. If so, she was undoubtedly portrayed by a man, since all players in these organizations were male.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Jan Philipsz. van Bouckhorst, Dutch (Haarlem(?), Netherlands c. 1588 - 1631 Haarlem, Netherlands)
Juffrouw Braet-Haringh ("Mistress Grilled Herring")
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink on light tan antique laid paper
18.1 x 17.9 cm (7 1/8 x 7 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Brown ink, right center: JBH(in ligature)orst 161[7]
  • watermark: Strasbourg Lily with reversed 4 and WR below; variant of Heawood 1761 (Schieland, 1592; related to but slightly larger in 1609, 1614, 1616, 1620, and 1625) and Heawood 1721A (Schieland, 1614).
  • inscription: Inscribed by the artist, right center, brown ink: Joffrouw Braet / Haringh
  • collector's mark: verso, lower left, blue ink stamp: L. 3306 (Maida and George Abrams)
[Bernard Houthakker Gallery, Amsterdam], sold; to Maida and George Abrams, Boston, 1990 (L. 3306, verso, lower left); The Maida and George Abrams Collection, 1999.131
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

E. de Jongh, "Joffrouw Braet-Haringh en Sinjeur Stockvis Een Travestie-Rol bij Houthakker", Vrije Nederland (July 10, 1965), p. 5

Master Drawings exhibited by Bernard Houthakker, auct. cat. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1965), cat. no. 5, n.p., repr.

Marijn Schapelhouman, Tekeningen van Noord en Zuidnederlandse Kunstenaars geboren voor 1600, Amsterdams Historisch Museum (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1979), under cat. no. 7, p. 20 (n. 2)

William W. Robinson, Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, exh. cat., H. O. Zimman, Inc. (Lynn, MA, 1991), cat. no. 15, pp. 48-49, repr.

Ger Luijten, ed., Dawn of the golden age: northern Netherlandish art, 1580-1620, exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and Waanders Uitgevers (Amsterdam and Zwolle, 1993), p. 92, repr. fig. 159

Marijn Schapelhouman and Peter Schatborn, Dutch Drawings of the Seventeenth Century in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Artists born between 1580 and 1600, Rijksmuseum and Merrel Holberton (Amsterdam and London, 1998), under cat. no. 33, p. 19

Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Seventeenth-Century European Drawings in Midwestern Collections: The Age of Bernini, Rembrandt, and Poussin, ed. Shelley Perlove and George S. Keyes, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, 2015), under cat. no. 52, p. 136 (n. 63)

William W. Robinson and Susan Anderson, Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2016), cat. no. 12, pp. 61-63, repr. p. 62; watermark p. 374

Exhibition History

Master Drawings Exhibited by Bernard Houthakker, Bernard Houhakker C.V., Amsterdam, 01/01/1971 - 12/31/1971

Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings: A Selection from the Maida and George Abrams Collection, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 02/23/1991 - 04/18/1991; Albertina Gallery, Vienna, 05/16/1991 - 06/30/1991; Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, 01/22/1992 - 04/22/1992; Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/10/1992 - 12/06/1992

Abrams 50th reunion exhibition, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/01/2004 - 06/14/2004

Drawings from the Age of Bruegel, Rubens, and Rembrandt, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2016 - 08/14/2016

Subjects and Contexts

Dutch, Flemish, & Netherlandish Drawings

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