Two Lovers at Table

Sorgh worked in Rotterdam and specialised in peasant scenes. This is one of a pair of paintings - the other is 'A Woman playing Cards with Two Peasants' (also in the National Gallery Collection) - which illustrate ways in which women can make fools of men. Here, the procuress behind the door on the left will make the man pay dearly for the young woman's favours.

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

Key facts

Artist dates
1610 or 1611 - 1670
Full title
Two Lovers at Table
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
26.4 x 36.4 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: 'A Woman playing Cards with Two Peasants'