Company in a courtyard behind a house

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Company in a courtyard behind a house
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ArtistPieter de Hooch
Dimensions61 cm × 47 cm (24 in × 19 in)
LocationAmsterdam Museum on loan to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
WebsiteAmsterdam Collection online

Company in a courtyard behind a house (1663–1665) is an oil-on-canvas painting by the Dutch painter Pieter de Hooch. It is an example of Dutch Golden Age painting and is part of the collection of the Amsterdam Museum, on loan to the Rijksmuseum.

The painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1910, who wrote:

286. SCENE IN A COURTYARD BEFORE A SMALL HOUSE (or, The Lovers). Sm. 61 ; Suppl. 25 ; de G. 6.[1] In front of a small house with a red roof, red brick walls, and white pilasters, a gentleman and a lady, in a red jacket and yellow skirt, are seated at a small table. The lady, sitting almost with her back to the spectator, is squeezing a lemon into a glass of wine. The gentleman, with his pipe in his right hand, looks on with interest. Behind the couple an older woman comes forward with a glass of beer. At the corner of the house to the right a servant-girl, standing on a tub, is scouring a brass pot. To the right is a wooden fence with an open garden-door, above which rise some trees. To the left of the group is a hedge with trees beyond. It is a fine and early work, dating from about 1660–65. "The brilliant sunshine of a fine afternoon lends a peculiar charm to the scene" (Sm.).

Signed on the bank to the left, "P D HOOG"; canvas, 24 inches by 18 1/2 inches. Imported into England by Chaplin. In the O'Niel collection in 1832, and in the Van der Hoop collection, Amsterdam, in 1842.

Now in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Van der Hoop bequest, No. 1251 in the 1903 catalogue (formerly No. 686).[2]


  1. ^ Comparative table of catalog entries between John Smith's first Catalogue raisonné of Hooch and Hofstede de Groot's first list of Hooch paintings published in Oud Holland
  2. ^ entry 286 for Scene in a Courtyard Before a Small House (or, The Lovers) in Hofstede de Groot, 1910