A Mother Showing Her Weeping Son His Shoe of Switches
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Cornelis Troost
Dutch, mid-1700s
Black chalk and brush and gray wash, heightened with white gouache, on gray-brown paper
15 7/16 x 9 5/16 in.

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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.