A Mother Showing Her Weeping Son His Shoe of

Cornelis Troost built his reputation on delightful depictions of everyday life. This drawing captures a poignant moment during a celebration of the feast of Saint Nicholas ( Sinterklaas ), a Dutch holiday. Troost depicted a displeased boy who receives switches in his shoes instead of gifts and candy.

Black chalk and gray wash, heightened with white on gray-brown paper (mid-18th century)

by Cornelis Troost (Dutch, 1696-1750)

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