Born at Haerlem, in 1608--died in 1640, aged 32. This extraordinary artist was a pupil of Francis Hals, an eminent painter at Haerlem, at the same time that Adrian Van Ostade was studying under that master, . . . DESCRIPTION. This little picture represents the inside of a shed, in front of a house, where a group of three figures are fighting over a barrel: just behind, another figure is seen, driving his companion out of the door. On the right, a man is advancing towards the group with a pitcher, which, as it might be supposed, he had gone to replenish with ale. At the door of the house, is an old woman, who is calmly looking on, indicating the frequent occurrence of such scenes. The accessories are most judiciously placed, which much contributes to the perfection of the whole. There is all the exquisite truth, life and character, in this specimen, for which this artist was so justly admired. The colouring is clear and brilliant; and the management of the chiar-oscuro is equal to Ostade. This little picture is from the collection of Richard Artis, Esq. of England, and has been handed down as the identical picture alluded to in the anecdote above quoted. [Pp. 39-40.]
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.