The Wallace Collection

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A Riverside Inn
  • David Teniers the Younger (1610 - 1690)
  • A Riverside Inn
  • Southern Netherlands
  • c.1645-1650
  • Painting
  • Oil on oak panel
  • Image size: 22.8 x 34.5 cm
    Frame size: 46 x 56.5 cm
  • Signature: 'D.TENIERS F'
  • P196
  • East Drawing Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • In the 1640s and 1650s, Teniers’s style changed as he began to paint open-air peasant scenes, many set in front of an inn and executed in a varied and colourful palette, often comprising an idyllic element. In 1637, he married the daughter of the painter Jan Bruegel the Elder and a subsequent series of public appointments indicate his increasing social prominence. In 1651, he became Court Painter to the Archduke Leopold Wilhelm and moved to Brussels. The present picture was referred to as ‘The Diamond’ in the nineteenth century, owing to its fresh, jewel-like execution. Such brightly coloured, idealised views were in keeping with the Arcadian tastes of the fashionable elite for whom Teniers worked.