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Refreshment by the Way

BRELING, Heinrich (1849 - 1914)

Refreshment by the Way

Media: oil on board

Size: 31.5 x 22.7 cm

Acquired: 1912; Transfer; Cardiff Museum

Accession Number: NMW A 2635

The theme of the travelling soldier or vagabond asking for refreshment at a wayside has been adopted from seventeenth-century north-European art and the period of the Thirty Years War. Historic genre scenes like this were a popular alternative to images of modern life, considered by some more sophisticated and decorative.

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