Born at Haerlem A.D. 1649, died A.D.--, aged--. This clever master studied under Mommers, a landscape painter, but he afterwards became a disciple of Bernard Schendel whose style was more suited to his genius. He painted similar subjects to those of his master, representing merry-makings, and drunken assemblies, which are Ingeniously composed, and well coloured. He had the felicity, like Teniers, of imitating different masters; and like that great artist, he took great care in all such subjects to retain his own handling, but so disguised, as to give all the effect and manner of the master, whose style he was portraying which this little picture amply proves. DESCRIPTION. It represents the Interior of a School: the expressions of the various countenances are admirable, particularly that of the master, who is threatening a little girl who appears to have been brought, reluctantly, by her mother to school. It is painted with all the truth and finish of Jan Steen, whose style Brakenburg intended it should represent. [P. 28; see entry 04280026 for companion piece and a note on the work's provenance.]
A Catalogue of Italian, Flemish, Spanish, Dutch, French, and English Pictures; which have been collected in Europe and brought to this country by Mr. Richard Abraham, of New Bond Street, London, and are now exhibiting at the American Academy of Fine Arts. March, 1830. Admittance, forty cents. Children under twelve years, half price. Catalogues, twelve and a half cents. New York: Printed by R. & G.S. Wood, No. 265 Pearl Street.
Architecture interior--Education--Elementary School