It is the artist's intention in this painting to ridicule the soldier. He is a swaggering, over-dressed figure who might have stepped from the pages of one of the many contemporary plays by Samuel Coster, Theodoor Rodenburgh, and others who mocked the pretensions of soldiers.

Quast was influenced by Amsterdam painters such as Anthonie Palamedesz. and Pieter Codde, but also the by the French artist Jacques Callot. He painted a number of satirical subjects with a strong element of caricature. He also painted some historical and literary scenes and worked as a printmaker and book illustrator.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1605/6 - 1647
Full title
A Man and a Woman in a Stableyard
Date made
probably 1630s
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
45.4 x 57.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Charles Lock Eastlake, 1911
Inventory number
NG2856
Location in Gallery