There is a cheerful atmosphere at this country inn, where a travelling violin player has come to play a tune. He is accompanied on the hurdy-gurdy by the boy in the red jacket. Both young and old are enjoying the music.
The Haarlem artist Adriaen van Ostade painted a great many merry companies of peasants and country folk. He was an example to Jan Steen, and may even have been his master.
Provenance: Govert van Slingelandt, The Hague, after 1752; his sale, The Hague 18 May 1768 (Lugt 1683), no. 32* [sic]; the entire collection sold to Prince William V in 1768; Prince William V, The Hague, 1768-1795; confiscated by the French, transferred to the Muséum central des arts/Musée Napoléon (Musée du Louvre), Paris, 1795-1815; Royal Picture Gallery, housed in the Prince William V Gallery, The Hague, 1816; transferred to the Mauritshuis in 1822