This work is not recorded prior to the mid-18th century. It has been suggested that the signature is not above suspicion, but there is no reason to doubt the attribution to Teniers. The handling of the paint is comparable to that in his 'Boors Carousing' in the Wallace Collection, London, which is dated 1644. This work may have been painted a little later. Tavern scenes of this sort, and more specifically the pose of the peasant raising his glass, may derive from the work of Adriaen Brouwer.

Key facts

Artist dates
1610 - 1690
Full title
A Man holding a Glass and an Old Woman lighting a Pipe
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on oak
23.8 x 34.3 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838
Inventory number
Location in Gallery