In the background is a map of the Netherlands, bearing the lion of Holland. As is often the case in 17th-century maps, north is not at the top but on the right.

The map is inscribed in the right background: 'H(?)AR(E?) GE(R?)WANIC UM / DE NO (O?)RT ZEE'. This is a faulty transcription of 'Mare Germanicum', Latin for the North Sea.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1644; died 1668
Full title
An Interior, with a Man and a Woman seated by a Fire
Date made
1653
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
51.4 x 70.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1891
Inventory number
NG1329
Location in Gallery