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A Dutch Party

Image credit: Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

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This 'merry company' scene shows a gathering of 22 male and female figures in a room with a tiled floor. They are grouped around long tables on which food and plates can be seen. In the centre, a man tilts backwards on his chair, beside him are two dogs. Several of the figures are looking out of the picture at the spectator, such as the woman with the group on the right who turns around on her chair to glance towards us. Sitting in front of her is a man smoking a pipe. On the wall behind this group is a map which has been identified as the map of the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands, which was issued in 1602 by the Dutch publisher and map-maker, Jodocus Hondius (1563–1612). Hals used the same map in a similar scene now in the National Gallery, Prague.

Nottingham Castle



A Dutch Party




oil on canvas


H 43.2 x W 78.4 cm

Accession number

NCM 1910-55

Acquisition method

gift from Sir Kenneth A. Muir Mackenzie, 1910

Work type


Normally on display at

Nottingham Castle

Lenton Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 6EL England

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