Skip to main content
Two Men playing Tric-trac, with a Woman scoring
Willem Duyster

The men are playing tric-trac (a form of backgammon), and a woman is scoring on the side of the board with a piece of chalk. On the right, a wood stove diffuses heat into the room. It is not clear whether this is a simple scene from everyday life, or a representation of gambling as a symbol of idleness and mortality. Thin bright brushstrokes render the shimmering effect of the figures’ silk clothes. Duyster signed the painting on the carpet border. There is a similar painting by Duyster of tric-trac players in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum).

Key facts
Artist Willem Duyster
Artist dates 1599 - 1635
Full title Two Men playing Tric-trac, with a Woman scoring
Date made about 1625-30
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 41 x 67.6 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Bought, 1893
Inventory number NG1387
Location in Gallery Not on display
Download image
Download low-resolution image

Download an 800px wide, 72dpi copy of this image.

License this image

License and download a high resolution image for reproductions up to A3 size from the National Gallery Picture Library.

License image
Download low resolution image

This image is licensed for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons agreement.

Examples of non-commercial use are:

  • Research, private study, or for internal circulation within an educational organisation (such as a school, college or university)
  • Non-profit publications, personal websites, blogs, and social media

The image file is 800 pixels on the longest side.

As a charity, we depend upon the generosity of individuals to ensure the collection continues to engage and inspire. Help keep us free by making a donation today.

Yes, I'd like to donate
Or
Download low resolution image

You must agree to the Creative Commons terms and conditions to download this image.

Creative Commons Logo