CUYP, Benjamin Gerritsz.
(b. 1612, Dordrecht, d. 1652, Dordrecht)

Soldiers Playing Dice and a Rider before a Supply Tent

Oil on oak panel, diameter 68 cm
Private collection

This painting is one of a pair depicting scenes of the everyday life of villagers and soldiers. The pair of works represent typical examples of Cuyp's varied and lively work. The present panel depicts soldiers playing dice and a rider before a supply tent. In the foreground two soldiers kneel on the ground in order to play dice. They are watched by a woman who cradles her child in her lap. The group are about to be joined by another soldier who has returned from the nearby supply tent clutching his beer and a pipe.