The Fisher Boy

The Fisher Boy is a painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals, painted in the early 1630s, now in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp.

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The Fisher Boy, c.1630 Oil on canvas, 74 cm x 61 cm
ArtistFrans Hals
Year1630 (1630)
CatalogueSeymour Slive, Catalog 1974: #71
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions74 cm × 61 cm (29 in × 24 in)
LocationRoyal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, Antwerp


This painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1910, who wrote "49. DE STRANDLOOPER VAN HAARLEM (The Haarlem Fisher-Boy). B. 37 ; M. 254. Half-length ; life size. A fisher-boy, seen in full face, laughs at the spectator. His arms are folded on his breast. He wears a little cap ; his hair is in disorder. He wears a jacket with broad sleeves, and carries a basket on his back. At the back is a landscape ; to the right is the sea. [Possibly identical with 55, 58a, and 58c.] Signed on the left with the intertwined letters " F. H." ; canvas, 30 inches by 25 1/2 inches. Sale. Alphonse Oudry, Paris, April 16 and 20, 1869. In the possession of the Paris dealer Ch. Sedelmeyer, " Catalogue of 300 Paintings," 1898, No. 46. In the Antwerp Museum, 1905 catalogue, No. 188. "[1]

Hofstede de Groot noted several fisherboys by Hals along with this one (catalogue numbers 49 through to 58c). This painting was also documented by W.R. Valentiner in 1923.[2]

Other fisher folk by Hals:


  1. ^ * Hofstede de Groot on De Strandloper van Haarlem; catalog number 49
  2. ^ Der Strandlaufer von Haarlem, number 117 right