The 49-year-old Troost portrays himself here as a serious and confident painter. He is at his easel in his studio, holding his palette, brushes and painter’s stick.
Troost, who worked in Amsterdam, had been an actor for a couple of years before becoming a painter. He painted many scenes from farcical plays, but was also a master of the more serious genre. He shows this in the painting on the easel, which is probably a scene from a play by the Dutch poet Vondel.
(?) Jeronimus Tonneman, Amsterdam, 1754; (?) Jan de Bruyn, Amsterdam, 1754; D. van Dyl, Amsterdam, 1814; Van Oosthuyse van Rijsenburg-de Jongh Collection, The Hague, 1847; W. Gruyter, Amsterdam, 1847-1867; C.C.J. de Ridder, Rotterdam, 1874; purchased, 1874
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