A thin man wearing grey clothes is walking, holding his hat in his left hand. In his right hand he is holding a stick fending off an angry dog. On his back he is carrying a large basket. This type of basket was normally used by peddlers in the 16th century in the Netherlands. To the left an inn (and possibly also a brothel). To the right a path leading into a field where a cow and a magpie seem to watch the man. Above the man, in a tree, an owl is gazing at a great tit. In the background a gallows stands on a hill.
between 29 September 1930 and 30 September 1930: purchased by Jacques Goudstikker (art dealer), Amsterdam, at the sale of the collection of Albert Figdor at Cassirer, Berlin, lot no. 41, for DEM 385,000
Friedländer, Max J. (1969) Early Netherlandisch Painting. Volume V. Geertgen tot Sint Jans and Jerome Bosch, Leyden: A.W. Slijthof, Brussels: La Connaissance, p. 87, cat. 103, as The Prodigal Son.
Koldeweij, A.M., P. Vandenbroeck en B. Vermet (2001) Jheronimus Bosch. Alle schilderijen en tekeningen, Rotterdam: NAi Uitgevers, Gent/Amsterdam: Ludion, ISBN 90-5662-219-6, p. 29, as Marskramer, circa 1494 or later, 71 × 70.6 cm (28 × 27.8 in), with color image.
Koldeweij, Jos, Paul Vandenbroeck, Bernard Vermet (2001) Hieronymus Bosch. The Complete Paintings and Drawings, Ghent/Amsterdam: Ludion, ISBN 0-8109-9064-4, p. 88, as Pedlar.
Marijnissen, Roger H. () Hieronymus Bosch. Het volledige oeuvre, Haarlem: Gottmer/Brecht, ISBN 90-2300-651-8, p. 410, as De zogenaamde Verloren Zoon.
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