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Two Young Men Eating at a Humble Table

Photo credit: English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

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First described by Palomino (the artist's early biographer) in 1724: ‘He painted another picture of two poor men eating at a humble little table where there are different earthenware vessels, oranges, bread and other things, everything observed with rare thoroughness’. It has recently been suggested that the two men, formerly identified as beggars, were in fact kitchen helpers. This is one of the artist's 'bodegones' (scenes of everyday life), which were painted in his early years as an artist.

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    65.3 x 104 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    management transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum to English Heritage, 2004


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