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Possibly by Ludolf de Jongh, An Interior, with a Woman refusing a Glass of Wine

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Full title An Interior, with a Woman refusing a Glass of Wine
Artist Possibly by Ludolf de Jongh
Artist dates 1616 - 1679
Date made probably 1660-5
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 117 × 92 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2552
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
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An Interior, with a Woman refusing a Glass of Wine
Possibly by Ludolf de Jongh

Images of young women being plied with wine were common in seventeenth-century Dutch art and there was usually a certain frisson about the scene. Wine was considered an aphrodisiac and the suggestion behind an image like this might be that the woman was working as a prostitute or that her virtue was in danger. In this case she seems to be waving the glass away; nevertheless, the expression on her face is one of faint amusement rather than steely resolution.

The style and subject matter of the painting are typical of artists working in Delft in the mid-seventeenth century, but the picture is unsigned and the attribution to Ludolph de Jongh, a Rotterdam painter who travelled a good deal, remains only tentative. Some unusual methods have been employed to capture the effect of light reflecting off different surfaces, including the use of gold leaf in parts of the background.

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