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||SOLDIERS AND WOMEN IN A TAVERN
Attributed to Jacob
Dutch, c, 1600 -1667
SN 734, oil on panel
Jacob Duck was born in Utrecht, and historians have long confused him with Jan le Ducq
(1629-30,1676). In 1621 he was listed as an apprentice portrait painter in the records of
the Utrecht guild of St Luke. His teacher was probably Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot
(1586-1666). By 1630-32 he was a master in the guild. d was buried at the monastery of St
He painted guardroom scenes as well as merry companies and domestic activities,
employing motifs symbolic of domestic virtue.
By about 1656 he was living in The Hague. He died in Utrecht and was buried at the monastery of St Mary Magdalene.
Three men and two women are seated at a gaming table. The man in the center is smoking a
long clay pipe, and looking over his left shoulder at a woman working on a large fabric
piece, perhaps a banner. In the background are several more animated figures. The
background is fairly simple and dark.
Such guardroom scenes were Ducks specialty however, it has been suggested
that this painting may be by a contemporary e.g., Sysbrand van Beest.
Duck placed his figures in high, bare interiors in which the deep local colors of the
foreground stand out well.