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Title A Dutch Peasant with a Drink
Collection Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Birkenhead
Artist Attributed to Dutch School
Attributed to Flemish School
Previously attributed to Teniers, David, II (Flemish painter, 1610-1690)
Date Earliest possibly 1700
Date Latest possibly 1800
Description This painting is probably by a Dutch or Flemish artist inspired by Adriaen Brouwer's depictions of peasants drinking in tavern interiors. Brouwer worked in both Flanders and the Netherlands during the seventeenth century, and specialised in paintings of low-life scenes. He was reputed to frequent such places and pay his bills with sketches. Such works should not, however, be considered as snap-shots of contemporary life. They appealed to the idea of the peasantry held by the rich patrons who bought Brouwer's paintings and the works of his Dutch and Flemish followers.
Current Accession Number BIKGM:51
Subject figure; everyday life
Measurements 22.5 x 17.8 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by John Breeze 1912.
Publications Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain, London, 1976, pp. 197, 232, as by David Teniers II.
Notes Unable to examine, June 2006. Note in card file with comment by Martin Royalton-Kisch, Assistant Keeper of Fine Art, Manchester City Art Gallery, February 1982, questioning attribution to Teniers.
Rights Owner Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Birkenhead; Wirral Museums Service
Author Dr Phillippa Plock



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