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Sketch of peasants playing dice (verso)
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Sketch of peasants playing dice (verso)

David II Teniers (1610 - 1690)

Graphite (recto and verso) on paper

Height: 21.3 cm; Width: 34.7 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952

About this work
This gambling scene is executed in graphite, a medium typical of Teniers who is considered a pioneer in the technique. Here it permitted him to hatch the background rapidly while rendering the figures precisely. Besides using sketches such as this as preparatory studies for prints and paintings, Teniers also produced them for sale. In contrast to the loud and crude tavern gatherings of artists like Adriaen Brouwer, his calm scene assigns dignity to the peasants absorbed in their game. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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