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Jan Steen (Leiden 1626-Leiden 1679)

Interior of a Tavern, with Cardplayers and a Violin Player c.1665

Oil on canvas | 81.9 x 70.6 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 405825

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Jan Steen excels in animation and expression – the riotous drinker (a self-portrait), the sentimental fiddler, the drunken dancer, the befuddled cardplayer and the smug matron. He also shines in the tactile realism with which he depicts the props in this low-life comedy – the tables, cloths, pewter jug and foot warmer.

Acquired by George IV in 1818, when Prince Regent