Gerard ter Borch II, Paternal Advice

Borch II, Gerard ter (Zwolle 1617 – Deventer 1681). Paternal Advice. Sitting with his hat on the lap, the sword at his side, the woman besides him drinking. The other “admonished” woman in a shining silk gown with the back to the beholder. Steel engraving by Albert Henry Payne (London 1812 – Leipsic 1902). C. 1845. Inscribed: Museum in Berlin. / Gerhard Terburg pinxt. / A. H. Payne sc., otherwise in German-English as above. 6½ × 4⅞ in (16.5 × 12.3 cm).

“ As painter … of the ladies in white satin gowns Terborch is unrivalled and single in his kind … The noblesse with which he was able to give full length portraits in small sizes … ”


For the changing interpretation of this painting as “Brothel Scene of the Upper Class” to “Petrarcian courting rituals showing the predominant ideals in the social behaviour of the middle class” cf. AKL XII, 665.

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