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The table at which the two men are playing appears to have been about five metres long, placed under a specially constructed shelter in the courtyard. In the left foreground is a court where pall mall, a forerunner of croquet, was played with sticks and large wooden balls. The artist’s lively scene of peasants drinking, smoking, relaxing and gaming in the courtyard of an inn would have been construed by contemporary viewers as an amusing but moralising depiction of idle time-wasters.

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

London


Date

1677

Medium

oil on oak panel

Measurements

H 33.7 x W 47 cm

Accession number

WM.1521-1948

Acquisition method

management transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum to English Heritage, 2004

Work type

Painting


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