Oil/canvas, 107 x 131 cm, lo. le. sign. a. dat. JH Roos fecit 1673 31 De., min. rest., relined. - The figures are traditionally identified as a self portrait of the artist with his wife. Jedding proposed an interpretation as the old testament figures of Ruth and Boaz or Rahel and Jacob. - Prov.: Art trade Hamburg 1819; Georg Wilhelm Fürst zu Schaumburg-Lippe, Bückeburg, after 1819; Wolrad Fürst zu Schaumburg Lippe, 1955; Philipp Ernst Fürst zu Schaumburg-Lippe, 1985. - Exh.: Pfalzgalerie Kaiserlautern a. Theodor-Zink-Museum Kaiserlautern: Der Tiermaler J. H. Roos, Gemälde, Zeichnung, Druckgraphik, Oct. - Dec. 1985. - Lit.: The painting is published in: Exh. cat. Der Tiermaler J. H. Roos, Gemälde, Zeichnung, Druckgraphik, 1985, p. 120, no. 29 as well as H. Jedding: Der Tiermaler J. H. Roos. In: Studien zur deutschen Kunstgeschichte, vol. 311, 1955, p. 229, no. 91. - German animal, landscape a. portrait painter, main exponent of the famous Palatian artist's dynasty. R. was trained in Amsterdam in the studio of G. Dujardin. R. adopted the subject of herdsmen a. animals in italiante landscapes from Karel Dujardin, C. van Bie, B. Gaat a. N. Berchem, but was probably never in Italy. In 1664 he became painter to the court in Heidelberg but left that position already in 1667 to settle in Frankfurt. He died when his house burnt down in 1685. R. was one of the most sought-after painters of his time a. was called 'Raffel of all animal painters' by his contemporaries, althougt he mainly worked as portrait painter since the 1650s. - Mus.: Berlin (Gem.-Gal.), Munich (Alte Pinakothek), Vienna (Kunsthist. Mus.), Dresden (Gal. Alte Meister), Frankfurt (Städel) a. others. - Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Bénézit, Jedding: Der Tiermaler J. H. R., 1955, ders.: J. H. R. Werke einer Pfälzer Tiermalerfamilie in den Galerien Europas, 1998 a. others.