The artist painted many tavern scenes of this type showing peasants drinking, smoking and listening to itinerant musicians. This type of composition with groups of people in a desolate, dark room which recedes sharply into the picture space is characteristic of van Ostade's work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1610 - 1685
Full title
The Interior of an Inn with Nine Peasants and a Hurdy-Gurdy Player
Date made
1653
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
39.9 x 55.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2540
Location in Gallery