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A characteristic peasant interior by the artist. A man crouches, grinning and gesturing lewdly behind a pregnant girl who clutches a flagon to her chest. A warning of the consequences of over-indulgence, the earthy behaviour of the laughing couple is contrasted with the spiritual demeanour of the young boy with a book, a model who reappears in a number of paintings by the artist. Through the window, a view of Rotterdam is just discernible.
oil on oak panel
H 34.7 x W 25.9 cm
acquired by Francis Charles Seymour-Conway, 3rd Marquess of Hertford, 1804; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897