A Young Man and a Girl playing Cards

This painting was in England and attributed to Rembrandt as early as 1775. Subsequently it has been thought to be by Nicolas Maes, who was in Rembrandt's studio in the years around 1650. This is not, however, entirely persuasive and, more recently, the work has been attributed to another Dordrecht painter, Cornelis Bisschop (1630 - 1674), who knew Maes's work well and imitated it. However, no signed painting by Bisschop displays the broad handling which is so characteristic of this picture and this interesting attribution must, for the time being, remain speculative.

Key facts

Artist dates
1606 - 1669
Full title
A Young Man and a Girl playing Cards
Date made
perhaps about 1645-50
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
123.5 x 104 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1888
Inventory number
Location in Gallery