Jan Gillisz van Vliet (1605–1668) was a Dutch Golden Age artist and student of Rembrandt. He worked with Rembrandt between 1628 and 1637, inspired by his master's work. Like Rembrandt, van Vliet made a series of beggar figures, though often with a greater degree of satire and expressiveness. For example, this image of a rat catcher from 1632 is directly related to Rembrandt's "The rat-poison peddler" of the same year, though van Vliet has infused it with humor: the peddler is shown arguing with the rats who are supposedly eating poison at his tray.
3.63 x 2.38 inches, print
13.5 x 20.25 inches, frame
Faint signature "JG Vliet fec" in plate, upper left
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting; housed in a white gold finish wood moulding.
Overall good condition; some planar distortion in corners of prints; tear in upper right corner; frame in good condition with some wear to silver surface.