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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.
This painting came from the private collection of Charles Lock Eastlake, first Director of the National Gallery.
A Man and a Woman in a Stableyard
Oil on oak
H 45.4 x W 57.5 cm
Bequeathed by Mrs Charles Lock Eastlake, 1911