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Adriaen van Ostade (Haarlem 1610-Haarlem 1685)

The Interior of a Peasant's Cottage Signed and dated 1668

Oil on panel | 49.0 x 41.2 cm (support, canvas/panel/stretcher external) | RCIN 404814

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This is a depiction of a happy humble home (or possibly tavern), graced with modest plenty and model parenting. The figures have the slightly cartoonish character of a seventeenth-century Dutch Simpsons family. Ostade likes clutter – in the number of objects he can include and the number of variations he can introduce into the simplest surface.

Acquired by George IV in 1811, when Prince Regent