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Hendrick Sorgh: 'A Woman playing Cards with Two Peasants'
This painting is part of the group: Two Genre Scenes

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

Sorgh worked in Rotterdam and specialised in peasant scenes. This is one of a pair of paintings - the other is 'Two Lovers at a Table' (also in the National Gallery Collection) - which illustrate ways in which women can make fools of men. Here, the woman cheats the peasant of his hard-earned money; his basket of eggs and the duck suggest that he is on his way to market. His foolishness is mocked by the older man holding a clay pipe.

The panel was probably cut down to an oval after it was painted.

Other paintings in this group: Two Genre Scenes

Two Lovers at Table
Hendrick Sorgh
1644
Two Lovers at Table

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