Andries Both

Utrecht, ca. 1608/12 – Venice, 1642

A Village Scene Peasants and Pilgrims singing,

An Allegory on the Sense of Hearing

Signed ‘ABoth’ (AB in ligature), lower left
Oil on panel
H. 42,5 cm. W. 32 cm.

Private collection, Sweden;
Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, Amsterdam, 5 November 2002, lot nr. 220 (as by Andries Both, together with a pendant The Sense of Smell);
Anonymous sale, Sotheby’s, London, 10 July 2008, lot nr. 205 (as by Andries Both, together with a pendant The Sense of Smell;
Private collection;
Anonymous sale, Uppsala Auktionskammare, Uppsala, 13 June 2013, lot nr. 634 (as attributed to Andries Both, the pendant The Sense of Smell was offered as lot nr. 633;
Private collection

Hind, A.M. (1926). Catalogue of Drawings by Dutch and Flemish Artists. Vol. III, London, p. 46, cat. nr. 3;
Jongh, E. ee & Luyten, G. (1997). Spiegel van Alledag. Nederlandse genreprenten 1550-1700. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum, pp. 241-246, cat. nr. 48, with ills.);
Waddingham, M.R. (1964). Andries and Jan Both in France and Italy. Milano: Rizzoli, p. 19, p. 40, note 22, ill. 22 

This amusing scene originally formed part of a set of the Five Senses, which were engraved by Andries' brother Jan Both. Another work from this series, The Sense of Sight, signed and dated ‘1631’ was in the F.C. Butôt collection, St. Gilgen, until sold at Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 17 November 1993, as lot nr. 44. There is a preliminary drawing for The Sense of Hearing in the British Museum in London. Another version of The Sence of Hearing, signed and somewhat larger in size, formerly in the collection of the Duke of Bedford, was sold at Christie's, London, 19 January 1951, as lot nr. 10 (together with its pendant, lot 9, the Sense of Feeling) and another inferior version of Hearing was sold Amsterdam, Sotheby's, 3 May 1999, lot 16. A similar version of the Sense of Smell is kept in the collection of the University Museum of Uppsala, Sweden (inv. nr. UU809). Luyten suggests that the series of engravings probably date from before Andries Both departure for Italy in 1632/3 (Luyten, 1997, p. 245). This suggestion also seems to apply to the series of paintings of the Senses. 

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