Jan Beerstraten arrived as a babe in Amsterdam shortly after our
weary and travelworn Pilgrims celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving
feast. Shakespeare and Cervantes passed away simultaneously
just 4 years before those Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower.
The early 1600s… What an interesting time!
If you look at the 1990 Sotheby’s estimate of this painting’s value
and translate it from British pounds into dollars, this painting was worth somewhere between $96,500 and $129,000 twenty-three years ago.