14. Egbert van Heemskerck, the elder
(1634-1704)

Peasants Drinking Outside a Tavern

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Heemskerck,  Peasants Drinking

Peasants Drinking Outside a Tavern

Red and black chalk and grey wash, 160 x 202 mm. Provenance: Freiherr von Lanna (Lugt 2773). Free and fluent compositional study of 10 seated and standing figures outside an inn, on laid paper showing a partial watermark (Arms of Amsterdam?). Various peasants, male and female, are drinking at tables. One stands on a table refilling a woman's glass from a keg. A small boy stands in front urinating. The drawing may be compared with one in Bernt (No. 284) which, however, lacks the grey wash. In both subject and style it is typical of this artist, who worked the same fields as Brouwer and Ostade and whose nickname was “Peasant.”