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The Shoemaker – Aert Schouman 1735

Posted by on April 12, 2012

Aert Schouman  1710 – 1792

I find it interesting that the shoemaker has no hat, maybe it is just out of site.

Detail: shoemaker, calipers, dog, cello, chair, coat, shoes, ladies’ garments, cloth cap, window, mirror, violin, book case, musket, pitcher, pipe, plate, foot warmer

7 Responses to The Shoemaker – Aert Schouman 1735

  1. silhouettesbyhand

    Talk to me about the drape over the bookcase. I saw this also in Independence Hall in Philly. Do you know how common this was? – and what was the reason?
    (The bored NPS ranger couldn’t answer this in Philly)

    • Jon Townsend

      I don’t know for sure, but I would think that it is same reason as glass fronted bookcases. It keeps your books from getting dusty ( I should do this at home ). Having a bookcase so full of books says something about this man’s social status and vocation, like the musical instruments. That being said, I am confused by the musket leaning against the bookcase.

  2. pam

    Is it a cello or a “viola da gamba” or however that instrument is spelled” Not a musician, but am enchanted by the instruments in this rather “spartan environment.”

  3. silhouettesbyhand

    Re: status, musket. What is the location of this painting painted? Was it high-status to even own a musket, even for hunting? The man is obviously (I think) in a banyan, so might he be high enough status to be allowed muskets? What was the state of firearms permission/ownership
    in that year and location?

  4. pam


    Schouman is Dutch…the Dutch genre paintings are,in a spasm of understatement, a gold mine for detail. There’s literally (for me, anyway,) a whole world in each of them!!!!!

    I would therefore, assume this setting to be Holland – and would figure these folks to be, perhaps, upper middle class. He’s in a banyan and cap – but I don’t think that belies gentry…I don[t think they’re rich…but that’s my sense of it and I’m not expert on Dutch culture…I just love the “peep” into their lives in these paintings! I don’t understand the phrase “allowed muskets”? I always thought if you could buy (or inherit) one you had one. But…again, it’s Holland, and I’m clueless about rules t here.

    I now need to read about the instrument…I see what you mean about the frets – I (being ignorant of instruments!) did not kn ow that about tied on frets! Thank you!

  5. Emmanuel Nivon

    Dear all,

    Yes, the instrument on the right is a “Viola da gamba”; my wife teaches it!
    – you can see the frets (old broken gut strings reused to mark finger placement on the fingerboard).
    – the C-hole is typical of the gamba.
    – the back is flat unlike the violin family the cello belongs to.
    – interesting to note the presence of a pick on the bottom of this instrument, though; it normally is held squeezed between the legs.

    Sincerely yours,

    Emmanuel Nivon
    material culture reseacher
    Le Canada de Louis XV

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