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A Man and a Woman in a Stableyard
Pieter Quast

It is the artist's intention in this painting to ridicule the soldier. He is a swaggering, over-dressed figure who might have stepped from the pages of one of the many contemporary plays by Samuel Coster, Theodoor Rodenburgh, and others who mocked the pretensions of soldiers.

Quast was influenced by Amsterdam painters such as Anthonie Palamedesz. and Pieter Codde, but also the by the French artist Jacques Callot. He painted a number of satirical subjects with a strong element of caricature. He also painted some historical and literary scenes and worked as a printmaker and book illustrator.

Key facts
Artist Pieter Quast
Artist dates 1605/6 - 1647
Full title A Man and a Woman in a Stableyard
Date made probably 1630s
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 45.4 x 57.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs Charles Lock Eastlake, 1911
Inventory number NG2856
Location in Gallery Not on display
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