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Three men are seated, two of them smoking pipes and a woman holding a tankard is speaking to another who is looking in at the window. The broad and fluid manner and the elimination of superfluous detail indicate that it is a late work. Smokers appear frequently in Brouwer’s tavern scenes, though at this time smoking was still a relatively new occupation. Introduced in the Netherlands in the 1580s by sailors returning from the New World, it quickly became associated with disreputable and dissolute behaviour.

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

London


Date

c.1635–1638

Medium

oil on oak panel

Measurements

H 41 x W 37.4 cm

Accession number

WM.1522-1948

Acquisition method

management transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum to English Heritage, 2004

Work type

Painting


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