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Tavern Scene

18 3/8 x 24 in. (46.7 x 61 cm)

David Teniers the Younger
Flanders (Antwerp, 1610 - 1690, Brussels)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bertha Buswell Bequest
Accession Number: 1955.70
Location: Currently on view
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Collection: Buswell-Hochstetter Collection

The son-in-law of Jan Brueghel and a friend of Peter Paul Rubens, Teniers achieved success in Antwerp and then moved to Brussels, where he served as court painter to the archduke Leopold Wilhelm and later to Don Juan of Austria. Tavern Scene is one of numerous genre paintings in which rustics carouse, uninhibited by notions of propriety or temperance. Such subjects frequently served a moralizing purpose, indicated here by the drawing tacked to the wall above the laughing drunkard. The bird flanked by eyeglasses and candlestick may illustrate the proverb, “What use candle and spectacles if the owl cannot and will not see?”

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Joshua Charles Vanneck, 4th Baron Huntingfield (1842-1915), Suffolk, England, by 1907; his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 25, 1915, as lot 115 [with the title "Festive Boors"]; purchased from that sale by [ ] Ford; Willibald Duschnitz (1884-1976), Vienna, by 1930; purchased from him by Bertha Hochstetter Buswell (Mrs. Henry Buswell), Buffalo, NY; her bequest to the Gallery, 1941; lifetime interest held by her brother, Ralph Hochstetter, Buffalo, NY, until his death in 1955, when it passed to the Gallery

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