Teniers - who served as curator of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Governor of the Southern Netherlands - was well known for his genre scenes of Flemish peasants, some of which are on view in this room.
These two tiny heads are painted on copper.
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Title: A Peasant
Date: 17th century
Physical Dimensions: w66 x h85 cm
Work Nationality: Flemish
Provenance: ?London, Noel Desenfans, 1804-1807: ?1804 Insurance List, no. 34 or 35; London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, ?1807-1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
Inscriptions: SIgned, top left:DT.F(DT in monogram)
Further Information: A Peasant Holding a Glass (DPG 106) and A Peasant (DPG 110) are pendant works by David Teniers the younger, depicting a drinker and a smoker respectively. Both figures relate to the tronie genre popular in Dutch Golden Age painting. This type featured stock characters often in costume and with exaggerated features. Teniers himself often recycled figures, and similarities are seen between the Dulwich Picture Gallery figures and other works by the artist in Paris (Private Collection), Stockholm (Nationalmuseum) and Karlsruhe (Staatliche Kunsthalle). Distinctive of these works are their medium: they are painted onto copper, a format Teniers mastered, and which lends a smooth finish and luminous quality to the works.