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David Teniers the Younger (Antwerp 1610-Brussels 1690)

Interior of a Farmhouse with Figures ('The Stolen Kiss') c.1660

Oil on canvas | 71.6 x 87.4 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405342

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The premise of this rustic comedy is that in times of ripeness and plenty comes temptation. The plot is easy to grasp: a farmer has caught a young lad misbehaving with his daughter. The abundance of ripe vegetables, the slung-up hare and the knife hanging between the farmer’s legs complete the suggestiveness of the scene.

Acquired by Frederick, Prince of Wales, in the 1740s