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Jan Steen. - Étude Sur L'Art En Hollande, Par T. Van Westrheene, Wz. [Epigraph from Josuah Reynolds]

Tobias van Westrheene

RA Collection: Book

Record number




La Haye,: Martinus Nijhoff., 1856.

Physical Description

vi, 191, [1] p., frontis. (port.); 242 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., frontis., t.p.] - Avant-Propos - [Text] - Liste Générale Des Œuvres De Jan Steen - Notes Et Corrections.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as painted by J. Steen and engraved by J.L. Cornet.

The printer is named on the half-title verso: 'De L'Imprimerie Des Frères Giunta D'Albani A La Haye.'

Summary Note

This was one of the earliest monographs on a Dutch artist to include a catalogue raisonnée.

Westrheene's intention was to modify representations of Steen, that had stressed his humour and licence at the expense of his moral stance. His epigraph quotes from Sir Joshua Reynolds - who had admired Steen for his composition, use of light and shade and expression of character, but had deplored his subject-matter.

The frontispiece shows a portrait of 'Jan Stoon'.

Binding Note

19th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Steen - Étude Sur L'Art En Hollande.'

Name as Subject


Painters - Artists - Painting - Netherlands - Delft - History - 17th century
Art history - Art criticism - Biography - Netherlands - 19th century


Jan Steen, source artist