Structurally and thematically, this picture is similar to one of Teniers’s best-known paintings, Kitchen Interior (Mauritshuis, The Hague), which shows a seated woman peeling apples in a cavernous kitchen with a still life of fruit, pots and a panoply of dead game to her right and a dog to her left.
In the National Gallery version she sits, a model of demure virtue, alone with her faithful greyhound. The setting is a much more modest outhouse. A pile of gleaming pots and pans forms the still life, and a butter churn sits in the background gloom. Close examination of the painting style suggests that it may be by a follower of Teniers, possibly his brother Juliaen.
Several of the pans and some of the furniture, including the butter churn, reappear in another painting in the National Gallery’s collection, Teniers’s An Old Peasant caresses a Kitchen Maid in a Stable.
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