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Follower of David Teniers the Younger, An Old Woman peeling Pears

Key facts
Full title An Old Woman peeling Pears
Artist Follower of David Teniers the Younger
Artist dates 1610 - 1690
Date made after 1640s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 48.6 × 66.5 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1870
Inventory number NG805
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
An Old Woman peeling Pears
Follower of David Teniers the Younger

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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