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The Regents of the Spinhuis and Nieuwe Werkhuis, Amsterdam

A servant bringing a letter temporarily interrupts a meeting. The other five men are the regents of the Amsterdam Spinhuis, the female house of correction. The women imprisoned there for theft or begging spent most of their days spinning. Affluent citizens like these gentlemen administered these sorts of institutions. Thus was civic peace maintained.
Oil on canvas
225.0 x 390.0cm
Image and text courtesy of Rijksmuseum, 2019

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Permanent collection