Occupation title source   Borstelverkoper
Occupation title (english) Brush vendor
Hiscode 45220
Description of Image In a rural village, a man with his back to the viewer carries six or seven whisk brooms over his left shoulder. He extends his right arm and offers a hearth brush to a woman who is facing him. She holds another brush in her left hand, while her right hand fingers test out the bristles. Stiff bristled brushes of twigs or trimmed straw were sold by itinerant peddlers. Housewives used brushes regularly to sweep wood and peat ash from their hearths as they prepared the fireplace to cook meals. Fireplaces were occasionally used to take the chill off a room, often a problem in damp, windy Hollan...
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Gender Male
Title of the image Coopie geen Haart borstels
Translation (English) Do you want to buy Hearth Brushes?
Language source Dutch
Country source The Netherlands
Artist's name Lenaert Bramer
Artist's years and locations 1596-1674
Date of creation 1659 (circa)
Medium Drawing
Collection name Straatwerken
Provenance Prentenkabinet, Leiden
Collection address University of Leiden
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