The picture above the fireplace seems to be based upon a print of 'Abraham liberating his Nephew Lot' by Antonio Tempesta. The legs of the fire-dog are decorated with sea-horses. The highlights of the fire-dog and parts of the gilt leather wall-hanging are rendered in gold leaf.

A number of different attributions have been suggested for this picture. Most recently Ludolph de Jongh (1616 - 1676) has been mentioned. The painting appears to be the work of an artist active in Delft between 1655 and 1665. It has analogies with the interiors painted by Vermeer and de Hooch and can be related to experiments with perspective painting associated with the circle of Fabritius.

Key facts

Artist dates
1616 - 1679
Full title
An Interior, with a Woman refusing a Glass of Wine
Date made
probably 1660-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
117 x 92 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery