A Woman playing Cards with Two Peasants

Sorgh worked in Rotterdam and specialised in peasant scenes. This is one of a pair of paintings - the other is 'Two Lovers at a Table' (also in the National Gallery Collection) - which illustrate ways in which women can make fools of men. Here, the woman cheats the peasant of his hard-earned money; his basket of eggs and the duck suggest that he is on his way to market. His foolishness is mocked by the older man holding a clay pipe.

The panel was probably cut down to an oval after it was painted.

Key facts

Artist dates
1610 or 1611 - 1670
Full title
A Woman playing Cards with Two Peasants
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
26.3 x 36.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by John Henderson, 1879
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Genre Scenes

Hendrick Sorgh
Hendrick Sorgh: 'Two Lovers at Table'