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Interior of a Barn with an Old Woman at a Distaff

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Interior of a barn with an old woman seated at a distaff. In the centre of the composition, the woman sits beside a sleeping child on the ground to her right. In the background, there are two men; one sits on a chair, the other leans over, talking to the seated man. In the foreground to the right, a single hen pecks at the ground, and close behind, a man walks up a flight of stairs. To the far left, is a doorway; an item of clothing is draped over the bottom half of an open barn door. The inside of the barn is littered with straw, and around the scene, a barrel, wodden ladders, shovels, a jug and wicker baskets are visible amongst the activity.

Manchester Art Gallery



oil on panel


H 41.6 x W 53.2 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr and Mrs Edgar Assheton Bennett, 1979

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : br : artist's name, date : Isack van Ostade 1646


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Manchester Art Gallery

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