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Soldiers fighting over Booty in a Barn
Willem Duyster

Duyster's treatment of the subject is meant to be satirical. The soldiers, who are fighting over the distribution of booty, are dressed in elaborate finery entirely unsuited to the battlefield. For example, one would not expect the pink clothing of the man on the left to appear in a serious fight. 

Willem Duyster was a painter from Amsterdam who specialised in small-scale portraits and genre paintings. Duyster is an adopted surname, a pun on the name of his house, 'De Duystere Wereld' (the dark world).

Key facts
Artist Willem Duyster
Artist dates 1599 - 1635
Full title Soldiers fighting over Booty in a Barn
Date made about 1623-4
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 37.6 x 57 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1893
Inventory number NG1386
Location in Gallery Not on display
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