|Artist||Richard Houston after Adriaen Van Ostade|
|Dimensions||Image 315 x 250 mm, Plate >333 x 250 mm, Sheet 337 x 257 mm|
A bearded man with a cap on his head seated, studying liquid in a round bottomed sample flask in his right hand, his left hand tucked into his robes, his elbow propped on a desk that has an open book, quill pens, and a jar on it, a bookcase behind left, and a door open to a room with a window behind right.
Richard Houston (c.1721-1775) was a publisher, print maker and artist born in Dublin, Ireland. Apprenticed to John Brooks as a draughtsman and mezzotint-engraver, he studied drawing at the Dublin Society Schools. He moved with Brooks to London in 1746 and established himself as an independent printmaker and publisher.
Adriaen van Ostade (10th December 1610 - 2nd May 1685) was a Dutch Golden Age painter, best known for his genre works of tavern scenes, village fairs, and country quarters. Along with his brother Isaack, van Ostade studied under the famous Frans Hals, spending most of his working life in Haarlem. In addition to his painted works, at least 50 engraved plates by the artist were sold at auction after his death.
Condition: Overall time toning, print trimmed through the platemark along the bottom, and a water stain in the inscription space.