Two tax-gatherers by Van Reymerswaele

Two tax-gatherers (c.1540)
Marinus van Reymerswaele (c.1490–c.1546)
National Gallery (London). Font: Wikimedia Commons

The Two-gatherers is a painting attributed to Marinus van Reymerswaele which we can see in the National Gallery of London and also in the Louvre Museum of Paris (the French copy was executed before the English one) although we have simplified versions in Belgium and Poland. A very good article written by Paul Ackroyd, Rachel Billinge, Lorne Campbell and Jo Kirby gives the details of the painting:

Both the London and the Paris pictures show, behind the two men, a wooden cupboard on top of which are piled documents, an oval deed-box, a ledger, a turned wooden sand-box and a brass candlestick; across its base lies a pair of snuffers. The folded document above the head of the man on our right is a deed issued, according to the inscription, in 1515 by two aldermen of Reymerswale. The name of the first is concealed by the folding of the document; the second, Cornelis Danielsz, was indeed an alderman in 1514-15. The man on the left is writing in his ledger an account of the income of  a town over a period of 7 months -from the excise duties on wine and beer, the ‘first-bridge’, the weight-house the ‘hall’, the ferries, fees for deeds, charges raised for specific expenses, loans and the civic mills.

I still continue counting money!

Location 1: National Gallery in London (map)

Location 2: Louvre Museum in Paris (map)

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