The full title of this painting is Guardroom Scene, Allegory of war against France
, 1747. In it, Troost depicts Dutch soldiers studying strategies used by France and Spain during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), and the coalition formed by Britain, the Netherlands and Prussia.
Hogarth and Europe
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 835 × 1225 mm Mauritshuis, The Hague, on long-term loan from the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, since 1980
Cornelis Troost (1696 –1750) was an 18th-century actor and painter from Amsterdam. After training under Arnold Boonen, he gave up acting for a career in painting in 1723. His best known works are paintings of scenes from the Amsterdam Theatre, and images of the lives of Amsterdam’s upper classes. His witty and elegant scenes are influenced by the French artists Watteau, Boucher and Lancret, and the British satirical artist William Hogarth.