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Girl at the Window

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  • Niels asked

    Hi, in this article the writer suggests that the pot is hanging from the outside wall of the house.
    But to me it seems she knocked it off the windowsill, as she rushed to look outside. What do you think?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Niels, indeed there's no visible hook, so it could be that she knocked it off the windowsill with her ellbow. But my guess would be that it's hanging. It was quite common practice to hang your chamber pot outside (up to the 20th century) and there's also a painting by Claes Hals, in which this is depicted ( It was quite common practice to hang your chamber pot outside. Also, in the 17th century (and in previous centuries), there was much complaining about people emptying their chamber pots out the window. Best, Friso Lammertse, Conservator oude kunst


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Title Girl at the Window
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location Museum Rotterdam
Dimensions Height 21.1 cm
Width 17.8 cm
Artists Schilder: Hendrik Maertensz Sorgh
Accession number 1819 (OK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: J.P. van der Schilden 1925
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1925
Age artist About 49 years old
Collector Collector / Johannes Pieter van der Schilden
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Ateliergeheimen (2019)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Hendrik Maertensz Sorgh

Rotterdam 1610/1611 - Rotterdam 1670

Hendrik Maertensz. Sorgh was a pupil of, successively, David Teniers the younger and Willem Buytewech. Sorgh primarily specialised in peasant interiors and...

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