Depictions of the lower classes at festive gatherings had been popular in Netherlandish art since the sixteenth century and found a ready market among collectors. In this lively drawing, painter, illustrator, and poet Adriaen van de Venne portrays a small group of rural villagers at leisure. Accompanied by a bagpiper at the left, a man exuberantly lifts his dancing partner several feet into the air as onlookers stare in astonishment. Van de Venne’s dynamic and energetic linework perfectly matches the spirit of his animated subject matter. Although the artist often used humor to convey moral lessons, the purpose of this drawing seems to be largely for the viewer’s entertainment.