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The Idle Servant

  • Object:

    Baxter process print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    c.1859 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Maes, Nicolaes, born 1634 - died 1693 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Baxter process print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. R. Harvey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PE, shelf 54

Physical description

A housewife gesturing at a sleeping kitchen-maid slumped over unwashed dishes.

Place of Origin

London (published)


c.1859 (published)


Maes, Nicolaes, born 1634 - died 1693 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Baxter process print


Height: 7.5 in, Width: 5.75 in

Descriptive line

William Dickes after Nicolaes Maes. 'The Idle Servant'. London, c.1859

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1937, London: Board of Education, 1938.


Printing ink


Baxter-process printing


Printmaking techniques; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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