This panel belongs with A Useless Moral Lesson by Godfried Schalcken. It shows the consequences of rashly losing your virginity. A young woman is sobbing, while the quack – a ‘piskijker’, or piss looker – examines her urine. In it, he sees a baby swimming, which is supposed to prove that she is pregnant. The man on the left is angry, but the boy on the right is laughing at the painful situation. He is making an obscene gesture, while looking at the viewer.
Evert van Sypesteyn, Utrecht, until 1713; his sale, Utrecht, 11 April 1714 (Lugt 244), nos. 4-5 (450 guilders, together with inv. nr. 160); Adriaan Bout, The Hague; his sale, The Hague, 11 August 1733 (Lugt 427), nos. 75-76 (for 930 guilders to Philip van Dijk for Prince William IV, together with inv. nr. 160); Prince William IV, Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn, 1733-1751; by inheritance to Prince William V, Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn and The Hague, 1751-1795; both paintings confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum central des arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis, 1822; on loan to the Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem, 1952-1977 (together with inv. no. 160)
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