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.
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 (27.9 × 27.7 ″), 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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