The Young Innkeeper

A work made of etching on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1650

Artist:

Cornelis Pietersz Bega
Dutch, 1631/32-1664

About this artwork

While his talents were wide-ranging—from painting and drawing to etching—Cornelis Pietersz. Bega’s interest in Dutch peasant life and the ridiculed or pestered woman transcended his media and reappeared frequently in his work. In this image and A Man Caressing the Young Hostess (1965.634), unidealized drunkards lecherously interact with a young inn hostess. These prints feature the same wooden bench, barrel, and window closure, and the figures are in almost identical positions. The woman’s expression, however, varies from a flirtatious response to the man’s advances in A Man Caressing the Young Hostess to a less amused, dismissive reaction in The Young Innkeeper.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Cornelis Pietersz. Bega

Title

The Young Innkeeper

Origin

Netherlands

Date

1640–1664

Medium

Etching on cream laid paper

Dimensions

174 x 156 mm (plate); 182 x 164 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

Reference Number

1920.1993

Extended information about this artwork

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