Two Tax-Gatherers

The man on the left is writing out a list of taxes on items such as wine, beer and fish, which have been farmed out to private individuals to collect, as was common in this period. It is one of the numerous versions of this composition, probably painted as a satire on covetousness, which evidently found a ready market in the second quarter of the 16th century.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1533 - 1545
Full title
Two Tax-Gatherers
Date made
probably 1540s
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
92 x 74.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG944
Location in Gallery