An inn-keeper's slate, playing cards and a pipe are among the objects on the table. The setting is probably a tavern. The sleeping woman, the innkeeper's wife or a serving maid, has been drinking and smoking. Female drunkenness was a subject of both amusement and moral admonition in 17th-century Dutch genre

paintings.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1629 - 1667
Full title
Two Men with a Sleeping Woman
Date made
about 1655-60
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
37.1 x 32.4 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG970
Location in Gallery