There are many similar scenes by this artist, and the dried plaice hanging over the edge of the table is almost his hallmark. This scene occurs in a tavern scene. Smoked or salted fish was a common accompaniment to wine and beer, and was believed to counteract the effects of over-imbibing and add spice to lovemaking.
Where to see this painting?
English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House
Hyde Park Corner, London, Greater London, England, W1J 7NT
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.