Cornelis Troost Reinier Adriaansz's Declaration of Love
As a former actor, Troost was fond of scenes taken directly from the stage. So he painted a series of scenes from “Jan Claasz or the Supposed Servant Girl”, a play that was often performed in the early eighteenth century.
The scene in which the awkward Reinier Adriaanz woos Saartje Jans forms the farce’s climax. Struggling to get his words out, Reinier is completely unaware that Saartje Jans is making a fool of him. Although she is firmly turning him down, it is to no avail: Saartje will have to marry the dry old stick anyway.
lower right, on the edge of the stoop: C. Troost 1737
left of centre, on the doorframe: Jan / Jaspersen
Jeronimus Tonneman, Amsterdam; his sale, Amsterdam, 21 October 1754 (Lugt 845), no. 6 (together with nos. 5 and 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. 5 (together with nos. 3-4 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