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Hendrick Sorgh: 'Two Lovers at Table'
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 'A Woman playing Cards with Two Peasants' (also in the National Gallery Collection) - which illustrate ways in which women can make fools of men. Here, the procuress behind the door on the left will make the man pay dearly for the young woman's favours.

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

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