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The Empty Jug: A Tavern Scene with a Serving Wench, a Gentleman with a Pipe and a Dog, and Card Players

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This is a typical seventeenth-century Dutch tavern scene with men playing cards, a dog lying by a fire, a pipe being filled, and a maid (perhaps embued with erotic symbolism) showing the well-dressed cavalier an empty jug.

The painting was regarded as being by the artist Pieter de Hooch when in the collection of the dealer Peter Norton in about 1842.

National Trust, Saltram

Plymouth


Date

c.1670/1680

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 54.5 x W 65 cm

Accession number

872130

Acquisition method

accepted in lieu of death duties on the estate of Edmund, 4th Earl of Morley; transferred from HM Treasury, 1957

Work type

Painting


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Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 1UH England

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