The Dwarf Fiddler

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Cornelis Pietersz. Bega was a pupil of Adriaen van Ostade and, like his master, his work often featured scenes from the lives of Dutch peasantry. In this early work by Bega, a cloaked fiddler plays and sings to a group of rustics outside a cottage doorway. Some of the onlookers, including a boy with a hoop who may be a hunchback, and a couple in embrace, join in his song. On the left, a male figure in a red waistcoat sits with his back to us. There is a tankard beside his stool.

Nottingham Castle



The Dwarf Fiddler




oil on wood


H 28.9 x W 23.2 cm

Accession number

NCM 1904-87

Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr Richard Godson Millns, 1904

Work type



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