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Jan Thomas van Kessel was born into a family of Antwerp artists. He trained under his uncle, the painter Ferdinand van Kessel. After Ferdinand died in 1696, Jan Thomas inherited his fortune. He moved to Paris, and enjoyed a brief period of success as a painter of peasant scenes. It seems that the kind of activities shown in this painting were dear to the artist’s heart – Jan Thomas quickly spent his inheritance on drinking and gambling.
oil on canvas
H 72 x W 160.9 cm
BATVG : P : 1939.2
bequeathed by Alderman E. J. White, 1939