The depiction of elegantly dressed people singing and playing music often refers to courtship and the harmony of love. The pleasures of music are set against those of food, wine and tobacco. With the exception of one portrait, van Velsen painted only genre scenes in the style of the earlier work of Anthonie Palamdesz. (1601 - 1673), who became a master in the Delft guild four years earlier than van Velsen. This painting was once falsely signed as the work of Palamedesz.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN