A Woman Showing A Weeping Boy His Shoe of Switches

Cornelis Troostmid-18th century

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

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.


  • Title: A Woman Showing A Weeping Boy His Shoe of Switches
  • Creator: Cornelis Troost
  • Date Created: mid-18th century
  • Location Created: Netherlands
  • Physical Dimensions: 39.2 × 23.6 cm (15 7/16 × 9 5/16 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black chalk and gray wash, heightened with white on gray-brown paper
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2008.33
  • Culture: Dutch
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Cornelis Troost (Dutch, 1696 - 1750)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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