Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

After DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER (1610-1690)
Cat Concert (c. 1650 Nuremburg)

Artists/Makers/Factories

After DAVID TENIERS THE YOUNGER (1610-1690)

Width 302.00mm wide [11.89 inches wide]
Height 260.00mm high [10.24 inches high]

Provenance

Ex collection: The Maxwell Macdonald family

Description / Expertise

Engraving after David Teniers, before 1666, published (and probably engraved)by Paul Fürst.
Teniers was the principle Dutch painter in the genre of what came to be called singeries.
Comical pictures of monkeys aping human behaviour had first appeared in Flemish art in the later 16th century. Teniers had a direct connection with the Breughel family, initiators of the theme, in that he married Anne Breughel, the daughter of Jan (Velvet) Breughel in 1637. Teniers enlarged the repertoire of animals to include, as here, cats.
Teniers recognised the appeal of the image and himself published a print of his painting of the Cat Concert, etched for him to the same size as the painting, in reverse, by his pupil and assistant Coryn Boel (1620-68).
Paul Fürst (1608-1666), a contemporary engraver and publisher in Nuremberg, obviously also knew the picture and published his own version, in the same direction as the original, and also very similar in size to the painting now in Munich/Neuburg.