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A Man and a Woman in a Stableyard

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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An officer stands in a stable yard resting his foot on top of a turned over washtub, while a peasant kneels to adjust his spur. This task was normally part of a page’s duties, as seen in guardroom scenes of the time, but in several of Pieter Quast’s paintings officers humiliate peasants by forcing them to handle their spurs.

The National Gallery, London



A Man and a Woman in a Stableyard


probably 1630s


Oil on oak


H 45.4 x W 57.5 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Mrs Charles Lock Eastlake, 1911

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