Refreshment by the Way
BRELING, Heinrich (1849 - 1914)
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.