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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
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