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A Distillery with an elderly Man buying Gin from a Woman

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Teniers was a prolific painter in several genres, including peasant subjects in the manner of Brouwer which were widely known through engravings. This painting has been dated to the 1640s. It was known in eighteenth-century France as 'Le Manchot' – 'The One Armed Man' – on account of the seated figure whose left hand is concealed below his apron. He holds up a coin to buy a glass of gin from the woman seated opposite.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology


  • Date

    c. 1640–1949

  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    48.4 x 65.4 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax on the estate of Mrs Joan Cecily Conway and allocated to the Ashmolean, 1998


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