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Two Sportsmen Outside an Inn

Signed and dated 1651

RCIN 400942

This comic encounter depicts two wealthy sportsmen who come across a run-down inn. Their demands are met with exasperation from the innkeeper, who sits mopping his brow, and his wife, who scurries out from the dark interior (which she shares with a pig) to bring them a drink. Even the dogs notice the contrast in class, the hunting spaniel sniffing the innkeeper’s mongrel with suspicion. Acquired by George IV in 1811 No. 10

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