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Hendrick ter Brugghen (Deventer 1588-Utrecht 1629)

A laughing Bravo with a Bass Viol and a Glass Signed and dated 1625

Oil on canvas | 104.8 x 85.1 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405531

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This is a study of a moment’s encounter with a carefree low-lifer. Appropriately the painting seems to have been executed in a rapid, careless style, using cheap earth colours. The structure of the instrument and subtly observed reflections in the glass make it clear that this is very artful carelessness.

Acquired by Charles I