"Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart" is a painting by the Dutch Golden Age painter Frans Hals, painted in 1623 and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. The painting has also been titled as "Young Man and Woman in an Inn" or "Portrait of Pieter Ramp."
TheÂ paintingÂ shows the face of a smiling woman leaning up against a young cavalier. He is holding a flask above his head as if he has just jokingly taken it from her. The young cavalier is holding the head of a dog with his left hand. The couple stand before a partially open curtain. Through the curtain the viewer can see a room beyond with a smiling man carrying a dish. A burning fireplace is behind him.
The painting was considered to be a portrait of a young ensign of theÂ Haarlem schutterij,Â Pieter Ramp.Â This has been disputed however, as the female strongly resembles the young woman portrayed in Hals' "Shrovetide Revellers." Both works are considered to be genre pieces today, making it possible that anyone in Hals circle (such as his children or pupils) could have been the models.
"Yonker" Pieter Ramp (Yonker is an English rendition of Jonker or Jonkheer, meaning â€œYoung Gentleman.â€) can be seenÂ as the ensign in the background of another Hals painting "Banquet of the Officers of the Saint Hadrian Civic Guard Company"Â of about 1627.
1623/Metropolitan Museum, USA