About this artwork
Cornelis Pietersz Bega’s talents were wide-ranging—from painting and drawing to etching—and genre scenes of everyday Dutch life were his principal subjects. In this etching, Bega depicted an interaction between lecherous drunkards and a young tavern hostess. On the makeshift barrel table are a bottle of alcohol and coals for the pipe. The ace of spades, one of the three playing cards scattered on the ground, symbolizes death, suggesting the work’s moralizing message.
- Cornelis Pietersz. Bega
- A Man Caressing the Young Hostess
- Etching in black on ivory laid paper
- 198 x 165 mm (image); 226 x 173 mm (sheet, trimmed within platemark)
- John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection