The Doctor's Visit

  • Jan Steen, The Doctor's Visit, 17th century, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mabel Johnson Langhorne, 1956.11.50

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This scene was likely made by a follower of the seventeenth-century Dutch painter Jan Steen, who painted a similar image of a woman being treated for lovesickness by a quack doctor. Steen’s paintings, copies of them, and works by his followers were popular on the American art market in the late nineteenth century. They appealed to collectors of various backgrounds, from lawyers like Ralph Cross Johnson to senators and financiers. Many of these patrons believed that the Dutch Republic was the source of American political ideals, a connection popularized through two best-selling books by nineteenth-century American historian John Lothrop Motley, who couched the Dutch struggle for independence in terms of the American Revolution. (Stott, Holland Mania: The Unknown Dutch Period in American Art & Culture, 1998)

The Doctor's Visit
Follower of Jan Steen
17th century
21 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (54.0 x 61.6 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mabel Johnson Langhorne

Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Ethnic – Dutch
  • Figure group
  • State of being – illness – foot malady
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