Wedding Dance in the Open Air

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In a clearing at the edge of a village, a wedding celebration is taking place. The bride is seated at the table in the upper right, before a cloth of honour. Dressed in a traditional square-necked black wedding dress, she surveys the platter of coins before her while a notary keeps record. In the foreground the guests dance, drink and embrace each other enthusiastically.

This fun subject was hugely popular with Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s workshop; there are over one hundred versions of this composition in existence, but this is the only one in a UK public collection.

Wedding Dance in the Open Air




oil on panel


H 36.6 x W 49.1 cm

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bequeathed by Miss Mary Anne Barbara Holburne, 1882

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