Peasants at Archery

The painting, probably of about 1645, is one of the largest and most ambitious of Teniers's compositions.

The action in the foreground is reflected in the disposition of the landscape, which is largely featureless in the centre, behind the seated figure on the bench, but shows buildings to the right behind the two men who gossip together and to the left behind the man running towards the target. Teniers had an extensive repertory of such figures and they appear frequently in other paintings, as for example in the 'View of a Village with Three Peasants', also about 1645, in the National Gallery.

Key facts

Artist dates
1610 - 1690
Full title
Peasants at Archery
Date made
about 1645
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
119.4 x 289.6 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs M.V. James, 1948
Inventory number
Location in Gallery