TBT: Girl Knitting with Rabbit

I love this, I’m not sure who the artist is; he/she may be Dutch. Google took me to Pinterest which took me to a Yahoo search which dead-ended at Ebay. And Tineye was no help.

10 thoughts on “TBT: Girl Knitting with Rabbit

  1. Apparently it is called ‘Dutch Girl Knitting by the Sea’ by Christopher Dean: born Glasgow Scotland, lived from 1895-1924. Well, that was what my search found, not from personal knowledge!! Can’t swear to it being correct!

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      1. Hmmn, yes, now I have found a different painting too -with some sea in it. But I found your image attributed to him as well. Further investigation required!

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  2. I found some more info. I found the picture somewhere else, with a different name under it Mej J Van Hoboken and the date 1937. https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/563231497121707195/. I could find a J Van Hoboken who lived from 1900-1962 but the artwork looked very different. There were though a lot of aliases, so I thought it might be someone who turned their hand to various styles to earn a living and therefore used different names. https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.biografischportaal.nl/persoon/07024735&prev=search. I checked out a couple of these names but didn’t get very far. Then I found this: https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&hl=en&prev=search&rurl=translate.google.co.uk&sl=nl&u=https://rkd.nl/artists/38637&usg=ALkJrhjtqsugOOUas05y9y_kRred0sdssg. It looks as though she had another name again and did do lots of different things. Next I came across something which made me think I was completely on the wrong track https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.gemeentemuseumhelmond.nl/kunstenaar%3FHoboken%252C%2BJemmy%2Bvan&prev=search. The artwork is nothing like the image you posted, but it did say she lived in Zeeland, and apparently (I saw it mentioned in another blog where the blogger was also trying to find the artist) the clothing was typical of that worn in the Zeeland area up until the 1950s, I think they said. So I tried searching for the book they mentioned that she had illustrated. That led me to this:
    https://encyclopedievanzeeland.nl/Johanna_Beversluis-Verstraate. A totally different name, but the artwork is spot on, I think?
    Then I googled her (?first) husband https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martien_Beversluis&prev=search. It gave a different name for her writing. So I searched Dignate Robbertz, got a cover of the Jikke Mien book and guess what, it said the illustrations were done by Hoboken! https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=https://www.boekenwebsite.nl/schrijvers/robbertz-dignate&prev=search.
    So confusing! The private life info seems conflicting, but the names seem to be linked and the dates for both of them are about right. Oh, and I also found this: https://www.mutualart.com/Artist/Jemmy-van-Hoboken/D0DE8CFF27005E85/Artworks.
    Sadly though I couldn’t actually find a definite tie to the painting! Aaargh! Still, that felt like the old days for a while (I used to be a Researcher at an investment bank back when the internet was young). I do love a mystery! If you are set on finding out more then maybe records offices and museums in the Zeeland area could help?

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    1. Will you marry me? That’s how thrilled I am that you found the artist! Maybe with these breadcrumbs I can find something too! Though I’m only an amateur – being a Researcher at an investment bank sounds like a fun position to me.

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      1. Well, I hope I have found the artist for you, and lets face it, you have helped me out enough times!! Actually I fell into the job completely accidentally; fun for a while but it is a bit like selling your soul to the devil!


      1. I thought she looked a bit familiar!! I met Ted Hughes’ sister and agent many, many years ago. She had a lovely but shabby house and really good biscuits! Anyway, that isn’t the point. The problem with the internet is you always need to try and get some confirmation that the info is right. I definitely think it would be worth further digging though. There is always human error, or laziness to factor in to these things!

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