Cornelis Troost Saartje Jans is Asked for her Hand in Marriage
Before becoming a painter, the Amsterdam-based Troost worked as an actor for a number of years. He painted many scenes from farcical plays, including the immensely popular “Jan Claasz or the Supposed Servant Girl”. The Mauritshuis owns three pastels depicting scenes from this work.
Here we see Jan Jasperzen (on the left, wearing a grey wig) and his wife Dieuwertje receiving a visit from two straight-laced gentlemen whose appearance is decidedly old-fashioned. The men have called in on behalf of Reinier Adriaansz to ask for the hand in marriage of Jan and Dieuwertje’s daughter, Saartje Jans. Saartje is secretly listening in – she has very different plans.
at left, on the window frame: C. Troost 1738 twice, over each other, in red and black
Jeronimus Tonneman, Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, 21 October 1754 (Lugt 845), no. 5 (together with nos. 6-7 for 515 guilders to De Bruyn); Jan Jacob de Bruyn, Amsterdam; Jan Isaak de Neufville Brants (1768-1807), Amsterdam; his son, Jan Isaak de Neufville Brants (1800-1828); his sale, Amsterdam, 28 March 1829 (Lugt 11974), no. 4 (together with nos. 3 and 5 for 100 guilders [3-4] and 50 guilders  to De Vries for the Mauritshuis, together with inv. nos. 179, 183-185, 191-193); purchased, 1829