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Interior of a Tavern with Smokers

Photo credit: Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

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In an ill-lit tavern a group of peasants are smoking and drinking. Seated at a table in the foreground a man holding a pipe and with his ruff untied takes the hand of a serving woman who stands behind him with a glass in her hand. Two other men at the table seem to be regarding this exchange with some amusement. One of them smokes a long pipe and catches the eye of the spectator with a conspiratorial look. At the feet of the man with the untied ruff is a lidded tankard and to the right a cooking pot with a plate, spoon and cloth on top of it. This is presumably the source of the food on the table in the centre. The man who takes the woman's hand may be thanking her for the meal, or could be propositioning her. Three other peasants are smoking and drinking in the background gloom to the left.

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Nottingham


Medium

oil on wood

Measurements

H 25.4 x W 32.8 cm

Accession number

NCM 1904-103

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr Richard Godson Millns, 1904

Work type

Painting


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Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG2 3NG England

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