Douwes Fine Art presents


Five Centuries of European Painting


Douwes Fine Art gladly participates during the Dutch Days with a unique selling exhibition of 5 centuries of painting!

Douwes/ Pranger Fine Paintings,


175 Hollywood Road,

Sheung Wan

2 - 27 April

Mon - Sat

10am - 7pm


by appointment

About the artwork


Condition:  a well balanced and delicate late 17th century impression



H. Danby Seymour 1820-1877 (Lugt 176);

John Barnard died 1784 (Lugt 1419);

George Hibbert 1757-1837 (Lugt 2849).


In the foreground we see two studies of the same young man: standing and sitting. In the background of a typical Dutch kitchen with an open fireplace, very lightly etched,  we see a woman teaching a child to walk with the aid of a baby walker.

This print can be seen as a metaphorical exhortation to ‘keep trying’: The child must learn to walk and the artist must practise constantly to master his art.


It is very rare to have two independent different subjects, except in study-sheets.

In 1646, Rembrandt executed three studies of young males only wearing a loin cloth (White-Boon 193/194/196).


It could well be that the part with woman and child were in fact Geertje Dircks and his than 1,5 years old son Titus at home, etched as early as 1643. A few years later the study of two young boys could have been added onto this very plate.


(Leiden 1606-1669 Amsterdam)


"Nude man seated and another standing, with a Woman and Baby lightly etched in the Background"

circa 1646


etching: 194 x 128 mm; complete with good margins;

watermark: possibly small cup, yet to be identified


Bartsch 194; Seidlitz 194; Hind 222;

Nowell-Usticke 62, third state (of seven);

White-Boon 194, third state (of three)


Plate in existence –  with Nowell-Usticke (1967): C1

Dutch and Flemish Old Master Paintings, 17th century, the golden age



(Antwerp 1600 - 1682 Paris)

"A Flower still life in a glass vase on a wooden ledge"

on canvas: 59 x 46,5 cm;

Expertise: Mr. Fred Meijer from the RKD, The Hague, confirmed the attribution.

French Barbizon 19th century



(1829 - Paris - 1900)

"Paysanne assise au bord de l'eau"

on canvas: 81 x 65 cm;

signed 'Trouillebert' (l.l.)

Literature: to be included in the forthcoming supplement to the catalogue raisonné'

Expertise: Thomas Maier, Dr Bernd Müllerschön, Stuttgart, dd 23 December 2013.

Notes: Trouillebert was a famous painter of the French Barbizon School. He was a student of Ernest Hébert (1817-1908) and Charles-François Jalabert (1819-1901), and made his debut at the Salon of 1865, exhibiting a portrait.

He produced many landscapes that are very close to the Corot's late manner of painting.

Russian Social-Realism 20th century


(Ivanova-Voznesensk pr. 1913 - Moscow 1993)

"The Golden Ring city of Rostov Veliki"

on board: 65 x 70 cm; signed

verso: signed and titled Rostov veliki

painted circa 1947

Notes: Maksimov travelled extensively in China during his career.