Dulwich Picture Gallery II


Studio of David Teniers II DPG107, DPG109

DPG107Female Pilgrim

Mid-17th-century; oak panel, each 16.8 × 11.1 cm
Both monogrammed or inscribed, bottom right: DT. F (DT in monogram)



?Earl of Bessborough (according to the Holcroft sale in 1803: see below); ?Charles Birch sale, Christie’s, 29 Jan. 1803 (Lugt 6547), lot 56 (‘Teniers – A Pair of Pilgrims, small’), bt Thomas Holcroft, £5.0; ?Thomas Holcroft sale, Christie’s, 29 April 1803 (Lugt 6617), lot 38 (‘Pilgrims, a Pair. From the Collection of the Earl of Besborough [sic]: remarkably sweet for Truth, Simplicity and Tone’), sold or bt in, £13.2; Thomas Holcroft sale, London, Farebrother, 9 Feb. 1804 (Lugt 6737), lot 53 (‘Pilgrim and companion’) (handwritten note in copy in Courtauld Institute, London: ‘8 h 6 P[anel]’), transaction unknown; ?Thomas Holcroft sale, Squibb, London, 16 Feb. 1807 (Lugt 7186), lot 33 (‘Pilgrims - a Pair. - Spirited, yet highly finished’), transaction unknown, £8.18; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811; Britton 1813, p. 32, no. 335 (‘Unhung / no. 66, Do [= Full length figure of a] Woman Do [= in Lande] [Panel] Do [= Teniers]’; 11" × 9") and Britton 1813, p. 32, no. 334 (‘Unhung / no. 65, Full length figure of a man in Lande P[anel] Teniers’; 11" × 10").

DPG107 Female Pilgrim
Cat. 1817, p. 6, no. 76 (‘FIRST ROOM – East Side; An old Woman; Teniers’); Haydon 1817, p. 376, no. 76;1 Cat. 1820, p. 6, no. 76; Cat. 1830, p. 5, no. 71 (An Old Woman); Jameson 1842, ii, p. 453, no. 70 (Companion of no. 69 [= DPG109]);2 Denning 1858, no. 71 (David Teniers II); Denning 1859, no. 71 (A Companion to no. 69 [= DPG109]); Sparkes 1876, p. 171, no. 71 (An old woman); Richter & Sparkes 1880, p. 163, no. 71 (Figure of a female pilgrim); Richter & Sparkes 1892 and 1905, p. 27, no. 107; Cook 1914, p. 64, no. 107; Cook 1926, p. 61; Cat. 1953, p. 39 (David Teniers II); Murray 1980a, p. 299 (After David Teniers II); Beresford 1998, p. 236 (Studio of Teniers); Jonker & Bergvelt 2016, pp. 260–61, 266; RKD, no. 290425: https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/290425 (July 3, 2018).
DPG109 Pilgrim
Cat. 1817, p. 6, no. 67 (‘FIRST ROOM – East Side; An old Peasant; Teniers’); Haydon 1817, p. 375, no. 67;3 Cat. 1820, p. 6, no. 67; Cat. 1830, p. 5, no. 69 (An Old Man); Jameson 1842, ii, p. 453, no. 69;4 Denning 1858, no. 69 (David Teniers II; ‘a genuine picture – true and beautiful’); Denning 1859, no. 69 (‘as beautiful, in its way, as it is true’); Sparkes 1876, p. 171, no. 69; Richter & Sparkes 1880, p. 163, no. 69 (Figure of a pilgrim; companion to no. 71 [= DPG107]); Richter & Sparkes 1892 and 1905, p. 28, no. 109; Cook 1914, p. 65, no. 109; Cook 1926, p. 62; Cat. 1953, p. 39 (David Teniers II); Murray 1980a, p. 299 (After David Teniers II); Beresford 1998, p. 236 (Studio of Teniers); Jonker & Bergvelt 2016, pp. 260–61, 266; RKD, no. 290426: https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/290426 (July 3, 2018).

DPG107 Female Pilgrim
Single-member oak panel, bevelled on the verso edges; the support is sound with a few wormholes on the left side. There is a large filling inside the left edge of the panel. The predominantly vertical craquelure is slightly raised in many places and has an intrusive appearance, especially on the sky where it darkens the appearance of the light-coloured paint. The sky is slightly abraded due to past overcleaning and bears much past retouching, particularly in the area to the right of the figure (this extends down into the landscape). The surface of the painting is matt with some shiny patches and has a slightly grainy appearance. Previous recorded treatment: 1953–5, conserved, Dr Hell.
DPG109 Pilgrim
Single-member oak panel, bevelled on all edges. Warm buff ground. The ground has some low blisters, and a large filling in the right side of the panel extends from top to bottom. The craquelure is particularly disturbing in the sky, and there are various old retouchings in the sky and landscape that are discoloured and appear glossy, and some of which have been overpainted. The painting has been overcleaned in the past and the cottages against the horizon are fairly abraded. Previous recorded treatment: 1953–5, cleaned and retouched, Dr Hell.

1) David Teniers II, Studies of pilgrims and hands (verso), c. 1640, pencil on light brown paper, 278 × 172 mm. Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen, Berlin, KdZ 12024 [1].5
2) David Teniers II, Female Pilgrim with a Coin, panel, 17 × 13 cm. Present whereabouts unknown (Douwes Brothers, Amsterdam, 1920s; photo RKD).
3a) David Teniers II, A Pilgrim (from a series of five pilgrims), monogrammed DT F, etching, 94 × 56 mm. RPK, RM, Amsterdam, RP-P-1892-A-17354 [2].6
3b) David Teniers II, A Pilgrim, monogrammed T, panel, 26.5 × 18.5 cm. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dunkirk, 257 (photo RKD).
3c) David Teniers II, A Female Pilgrim (from a series of five pilgrims), monogrammed DT F, etching and engraving, 97 x 64 mm. RPK, RM, Amsterdam, RP-P-1892-A-17356 [3].7
4) David Teniers II, An Old Man holding out his Hat (or An Old Beggar), mid-1640s, canvas (originally panel), 16 × 11 cm. Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, A 1035b.8 (For its pair see DPG321, Related works, no. 2b.II.)
5) David Teniers II, An Old Man holding a Long Wooden Staff, signed D.TENIERS F, panel, 33 × 24.5 cm. Private collection [4].9

Teniers, a Catholic artist, gave grandeur to the humble figures of pilgrims and their actions by depicting them full-length and outdoors. As the Eighty Years’ War, or Dutch War of Independence, drew to a close in the mid-17th-century, the act of pilgrimage underwent a revival among the common people of Flanders, and Teniers seems to be reacting to this. Indeed, many of the figures asking for directions at taverns, or alms, in his œuvre may be pilgrims (see for instance the pair on DPG112).

DPG107 depicts a female pilgrim in a landscape, wearing heavy clothing and holding a staff and rosary; on her grey cape is a pilgrim badge; on her belt is a small portable religious sculpture, with wings to protect it. The picture is related to a drawing in Berlin (Related works, no. 1) [1], and a similar head of a female pilgrim, holding a coin, was in Amsterdam in the 1920s (Related works, no. 2). The woman in DPG107 looks very much like a figure in a series of five etchings of pilgrims by Teniers, in reverse (Related works, no. 3c) [3]. In the painting she has acquired a pilgrim badge, and what was a water gourd has become a triptych. The exact relation between the print and the picture is not clear. Teniers probably made the first versions of the paintings as models for the prints, and then he and his studio produced many copies of both paintings and prints. These are most probably later versions by the studio.

DPG109 shows a bald old pilgrim doffing his hat, perhaps to ask for alms. He too holds a staff and wears a grey cape with pilgrim badge; from his belt hangs a water gourd. His figure also occurs, again in reverse, in the same series of five etchings by Teniers (Related works, no. 3a) [2]. The differences are greater here: in DPG109 he is full-face, whereas in the print he is almost in profile; in the print he has a shell-like pilgrim badge, whereas in the painting the badge seems to be made from another material; and his staff too is different. Again, the relation between print and painting is unknown. The same pilgrim is depicted in a painting in Dunkirk, possibly after the print (Related works, no. 3b). Two pictures of pilgrims in the Ashmolean Museum, about the same size as the DPG pair and painted in a similar rather crude style, are considered to be by the master himself (Related works, no. 4). They seem to be painted somewhat more proficiently than the ones in Dulwich. The figure in An Old Man holding a Long Wooden Staff (Related works, no. 5) [4] holds a different staff but has the same hat in his right hand; he is depicted in front of people sitting in a tavern, doing nothing. Klinge suggests that Teniers here intended the message that poverty would be the result of such a slothful way of life.10 Although the line dividing beggars and pilgrims seems to have been thin at the time, probably no such message was intended by Teniers (or his studio).

David Teniers (II)
Studies of pilgrims and hands
light brown paper, graphite 279 x 172 mm
Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, inv./cat.nr. KdZ 12024 verso

David Teniers (II)
Pilgrim with staff and hat
paper, etching 94 x 56 mm
lower right : DT.F (DT in monogram)
Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet, inv./cat.nr. RP-P-1892-A-17354

David Teniers (II)
Female pilgrim with staff and hat on the head
paper, etching and engraving 97 x 64 mm
lower right : DT.F (DT in monogram)
Amsterdam, Rijksprentenkabinet, inv./cat.nr. RP-P-1892-A-17356

David Teniers (II)
Old with long wooden staff
panel, oil paint 33 x 24,5 cm
lower right : D. TENIERS F
Private collection


1 ‘David Teniers the elder. A Woman walking with Beads in her Hand.

2 ‘An Old Woman.Two very small pictures.’

3 ‘David Teniers the elder. Peasant with Hat in his hand.’

4 ‘Teniers […] An Old Man. – A little full-length figure. […] [one of] Two very small pictures.’

5 RKD, no. 15487: https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/15487 (July 1, 2018); Klinge & Lüdke 2005, pp. 224–5, no. 63 (M. Klinge).

6 RKD, no. 290474: https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/290474 (July 4, 2018); see also http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.184952 (May 23, 2020) and https://art.famsf.org/david-teniers-younger/pilgrim-19633014021 (July 12, 2020).

7 RKD, no. 290476: https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/290476 (July 4, 2018); see also http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.184954 (May 23, 2020); and https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/P_Sheepshanks-6762 (May 20, 2020).

8 https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/an-old-beggar-142827 (May 20, 2020); Casley, Harrison & Whiteley 2004, p. 221; White 1999a, p. 154, no. A 1035b. Another version of this picture is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d’Archéologie, Châlons-en-Champagne, 921.3.3 and 2183a (panel, 22.5 × 16.5 cm). Joconde (Sept. 26, 2018).

9 RKD, no. 290478: https://rkd.nl/en/explore/images/290478 (July 4, 2018); Klinge 1991, pp. 118–19, no. 35.

10 Klinge 1991, pp. 118–9, no. 35.

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