On the lower part of the bedpost is a carved Cupid which underlines the amorous nature of the encounter. This, and the offering of money, indicates that this is a brothel scene. Schalcken specialised in painting interiors lit by candlelight.

This painting was made when Schalcken was working in Dordrecht. It is painted in a highly finished style which Schalcken had learnt in the studio of Gerrit Dou.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1643 - 1706
Full title
A Candlelight Scene: A Man offering a Gold Chain and Coins to a Girl seated on a Bed
Date made
about 1665-70
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
15.5 x 18.9 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG999
Location in Gallery