The Smoker, ca. 1625
Frans Hals (Dutch, 1582/83–1666)
Oil on wood; Octagonal, 18 3/8 x 19 1/2 in. (46.7 x 49.5 cm)
Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.34)
The painting's authorship has been questioned but this is probably a modest work by Hals himself, about 1623–25. The subject simplifies the theme treated in the Museum's Young Man and Woman in an Inn (14.40.602). The octagonal shape of the panel is original.