Prince’s Day, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1660 - 1679

Prince’s Day, Jan Havicksz. Steen, 1660 - 1679

oil on panel, h 46cm × w 62.5cm. More details

Prince’s Day! This popular feast-day celebrated the birthday (14 November 1650) of Prince William III of Orange-Nassau. How this was done is explained on the piece of paper on the floor in the middle foreground. This translates as: ‘To the health of the Nassau laddie, in one hand a rapier, and in the other a glass raised gladly.’ This is sure to boost spirits; the revellers take no notice of the portrait of the prince ‘overlooking’ the scene.

On display in Eregalerij William III Jan Havicksz. Steen Dogs and cats Inns, taverns and brothels Feasts

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