"b. 1626, at Leyden; called the 'Jolly Landlord of Leyden.' studied first with Nicolas Knupfer and later with Jan Van Goyen, whose daughter he married. He was especially fond of the ludicrous, and family feasts and merry-makings, the weddings of ill-assorted couples, tavern brawls and similar scenes, were among his favorite subjects. " Prof. Anton Springer, of Leipsic, characterizes Jan Steen as the foremost colorist of the entire Dutch school. He also says; 'a spontaneous joyousness pervades his works, and a sparkling sense of humor, too. His pictures might be entitled comedies of life, in which man's follies are chastised with satire, and his weaknesses held up to ridicule, but without the glaring exaggeration and obtrusive moralizing which make the pcitures of hogarth (with whom Jan Steen has much in common) so unpleasant to look upon. Jan Steen has, with justice, been likened to Moliere.' - a historical sketch of art in the Netherlands. " The peddler. One of the finest examples of Jan Steen's characteristic manner to be found. In color ranking among his very best works." [P. 23.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.