This is an oil on panel by David Vinckboons, an important Dutch painter from the 17th century. It has a paper label on the back which reads "The Tavern".
Vinckboons was one of the most popular painters of the Dutch Golden Age. He was inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Elder and instrumental in the development of genre painting in the Netherlands. His paintings of fashionably attired groups entertaining themselves by eating, drinking, and flirting directly influenced later artists. The painting here takes on a humorous tone. It depicts a young man whose pocket is being picked while he is distracted by the food and drink offered by a young woman and her father. Willem de Broen (c. 1686 - 1748) did an engraving based on this painting later on. The engraving was titled "Le Goute Espagnol". The painting here is signed in the lower right. The overall size is 27 x 29 in. wide and the sight size is 18 1/8 x 20 1/4 in. wide.
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