National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of The Dancing Couple Jan Steen (artist)
Dutch, 1625/1626 - 1679
The Dancing Couple, 1663
oil on canvas
overall: 102.5 x 142.5 cm (40 3/8 x 56 1/8 in.) framed: 131.4 x 171.8 cm (51 3/4 x 67 5/8 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.81
On View
From the Tour: Johannes Vermeer and Dutch Scenes of Daily Life in the 1600s
Object 5 of 8

1771Kabinet van schilderijen, berustende, onder den heere Jan Bisschop te Rotterdam. Rotterdam, 1771: 10.
1797Reynolds, Sir Joshua. "A Journey to Flanders and Holland, in the Year MDCCLXXXI." In The Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Knt. Late President of the Royal Academy. 2 vols. Edited by Edmond Malone. London, 1797: 2:77.
1818British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom. Catalogue of pictures of the Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, and French schools. Exh. cat. British Institution. London, 1818: no. 138.
1824British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom. An Account of All the Pictures Exhibited in the Rooms of the British Institution, from 1813 to 1823, Belonging to the Nobility and Gentry of England: with Remarks, Critical and Explanatory. London, 1824: 172, no. 7 or 9.
1824Westmacott, C. M. British Galleries of Painting and Sculpture: Comprising a General Historical and Critical Catalogue with Separate Notices of Every Work of Fine Art in Principal Collections. London, 1824: 233.
1829Smith, John. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch, Flemish and French Painters. 9 vols. London, 1829-1842: 4(1833):50, no. 150.
1838Waagen, Gustav Friedrich. Works of Art and Artists in England. 3 vols. Translated by H. E. Lloyd. London, 1838: 2:334.
1849British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom. A catalogue of the works of British artists placed in the gallery of the British institution. Exh. cat. British Institution, London, 1849: no. 84.
1854Waagen, Gustav Friedrich. Treasures of Art in Great Britain: Being an Account of the Chief Collections of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Illuminated Mss.. 3 vols. Translated by Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake. London, 1854: 2:118.
1856Westrheene Wz., Tobias van. Jan Steen: Étude sur l'art en Hollande. The Hague, 1856: 119-120, no. 89.
1866British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom. Catalogue of pictures by Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, Franch, and English masters. Exh. cat. British Institution. London, 1866: 9, no. 33.
1881Royal Academy of Arts. Exhibition of of Works by the Old Masters, and by Deceased Masters of the British School. Winter Exhibition. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1881: no. 124.
1881Royal Academy of Arts. Exhibition of Works by The Old Masters and by Deceased Masters of the British School...Winter Exhibition. Exh. cat. Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1881: no. 124.
1885Catalogue of Paintings Forming the Collection of P. A. B. Widener, Ashbourne, near Philadelphia. 2 vols. Paris, 1885-1900: 2(1900):165.
1891South Kensington Museum. A catalogue of pictures of the Dutch and Flemish schools lent to the South Kensington Museum by Lord Francis Pelham Clinton-Hope. Exh. cat. South Kensington Museum. London, 1891: no. 25.
1891South Kensington Museum. A catalogue of pictures of the Dutch and Flemish schools lent to the South Kensington Museum by Lord Francis Pelham Clinton-Hope. (Exh. cat. South Kensington Museum). London, 1891: no. 25.
1898South Kensington Museum. The Hope Collection of Pictures of the Dutch and Flemish Schools with Descriptions Reprinted from the Catalogue Published in 1891 by the Science and Art Department of the South Kensington Museum. London, 1898: no. 25, repro.
1907Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century. 8 vols. Translated by Edward G. Hawke. London, 1907-1927: 1(1907):171-172, no. 655.
1907Thieme, Ulrich, and Felix Becker. Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. 37 vols. Leipzig, 1907-1950: 31(1937): 512.
1907Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis. Beschreibendes und kritisches Verzeichnis der Werke der hervorragendsten holländischen Maler des XVII. Jahrhunderts. 10 vols. Esslingen and Paris, 1907-1928: 1(1907): 159, no. 655.
1909Valentiner, Wilhelm R. Catalogue of a collection of paintings by Dutch masters of the seventeenth century. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration 1. Exh. cat. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1909: xxvii, 127, no. 126, repro., 157, 162.
1910Valentiner, Wilhelm R. "Die Ausstellung holländischer Gemälde in New York." Monatshefte für Kunstwissenschaft 3 (1910): 10.
1910Valentiner, Wilhelm R. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Paintings by Old Dutch Masters Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Connection with the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. New York, 1910: 15, repro. 426, 427, no. 126.
1910Breck, Joseph. "Hollandsche kunst op de Hudson-Fulton tentoonstelling te New York." Onze Kunst 17 (February 1910): 44.
1910Wiersum, E. "Het schilderijen-kabinet van Jan Bisschop te Rotterdam." Oud Holland 28 (Summer 1910): 171.
1913Hofstede de Groot, Cornelis, and Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Pictures in the collection of P. A. B. Widener at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania: Early German, Dutch & Flemish Schools. Philadelphia, 1913: unpaginated, repro.
1923Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1923: unpaginated, repro.
1925Washburn Freund, F. E. "Eine Ausstellung niederländischer Malerei in Detroit." Der Cicerone 17 (1925): 463.
1925Valentiner, Wilhelm R. Loan Exhibition of Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century. Exh. cat. Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1925: no. 26.
1931Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Edited by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1931: 220, repro.
1938Waldmann, Emil. "Die Sammlung Widener." Pantheon 22 (November 1938): 336, 338.
1948National Gallery of Art. Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection. Washington, 1948: 53, repro.
1954Martin, Wilhelm. Jan Steen. Amsterdam, 1954: 79.
1957Shapley, Fern Rusk. Comparisons in Art: A Companion to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. New York, 1957: pl. 108.
1958Domela Nieuwenhuis, Peder Niels Hjalmar, and Anton van Duinkerken. Jan Steen. Exh. cat. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague, 1958: no. 18.
1959National Gallery of Art. Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection. Reprint. Washington, DC, 1959: 53, repro.
1960Baird, Thomas P. Dutch Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art 7. Washington, 1960: 28, color repro.
1960National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery of Art and its collections. Washington, 1960s: 25.
1961Bille, Clara. De Tempel der Kunst of Het Kabinet van den Heer Braamcamp. 2 vols. Amsterdam, 1961: 1:105.
1963Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.. New York, 1963: 35, 315, repro., 344.
1964Constable, W. G. Art Collecting in the United States of America: An Outline of a History. London, 1964: 117.
1965National Gallery of Art. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. Washington, 1965: 124.
1966Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 1: 242, color repro.
1968National Gallery of Art. European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. Washington, 1968: 111, repro.
1974Buist, Marten G. At Spes Non Fracta: Hope & Co. 1770-1815: Merchant Bankers and Diplomats at Work. The Hague, 1974: 492.
1975National Gallery of Art. European paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. Washington, 1975: 332, repro.
1975Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 291, no. 385, color repro.
1977Vries, Lyckle de. "Jan Steen, 'de kluchtschilder'." Ph.D. dissertation, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, 1977: 53-54, 162, no. 97.
1978King, Marian. Adventures in Art: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1978: 59, pl. 33.
1980Braun, Karel. Alle tot nu toe bekende schilderijen van Jan Steen. Rotterdam, 1980: 110-111, no. 180, repro.
1981Niemeijer, J. W. "De kunstverzameling van John Hope (1737–1784)." Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 32 (1981): 197, no. 216.
1984Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 291, no. 379, color repro.
1984Wheelock, Jr., Arthur K. Dutch Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1984: 6, 34-35, color repro.
1984Sutton, Peter C. Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting. Edited by Jane Iandola Watkins. Exh. cat. Philadelphia Museum of Art; Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin; Royal Academy of Arts, London. Philadelphia, 1984: 312, fig. 2.
1985National Gallery of Art. European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. Washington, 1985: 381, repro.
1986Ford, Terrence, compiler and ed. Inventory of Music Iconography, no. 1. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York 1986: 6, no. 128.
1986Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America. Grand Rapids and Kampen, 1986: 309, repro. 461.
1990Schneider, Cynthia P. Rembrandt’s Landscapes: Drawings and Prints. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Boston, 1990: 105-106, fig. 90.
1990Buijsen, Edwin. "De kunst van het verzamelen: De verzamelaar centraal op Haags symposium." Tableau 13 (December 1990): 64-66, fig. 2.
1990Broos, Ben P. J., ed. Great Dutch Paintings from America. Exh. cat. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The Hague and Zwolle, 1990: 42, 419-423, no. 59, color repro. 421.
1991Kopper, Philip. America's National Gallery of Art: A Gift to the Nation. New York, 1991: 195, color repro.
1992National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1992: 135, repro.
1995Wheelock, Arthur K., Jr. Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, 1995: 364-369, color repro. 365.
1996Chapman, H. Perry, Wouter Th. Kloek, and Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr. Jan Steen, painter and storyteller. Edited by Guido Jansen. Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Washington, 1996: no. 20, repro.
1996Hertel, Christiane. Vermeer: Reception and Interpretation. Cambridge, 1996: 24, fig. 6.
1997Palmer, Michael, and E. Melanie Gifford. "Jan Steen's Painting Practice: The Dancing Couple in the Context of the Artist's Career." Studies in the History of Art 57 (1997): 127-155, repro. no. 1.
1997Westermann, Mariët. The amusements of Jan Steen: comic painting in the seventeenth century. Studies in Netherlandish art and cultural history 1. Zwolle, 1997: 221-223, fig. 128.
2003Waagen, Gustav Friedrich. Treasures of Art in Great Britain. Translated by Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake. Facsimile edition of London 1854. London, 2003: 2:118.
2004Hand, John Oliver. National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection. Washington and New York, 2004: 211, no. 168, color repro.
2005Kloek, Wouter Th. Jan Steen (1626-1679). Rijksmuseum dossiers. Zwolle, 2005: 55-57, fig. 50.
2007Sotheby's. "Old Master Paintings Evening Sale." London, 4 July 2007: no. 36, 114-119, figs. 1-2.

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