AN INTERIOR: 'THE CATCH OF THE DAY', English School

AN INTERIOR: 'THE CATCH OF THE DAY', English School

1830 England

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Evocations of intimate familial bliss are surprisingly uncommon and in this delightful William IV naive scene a father entertains his infant, whilst the fashionably clad mother entertains them with what is most certainly an even more recent addition to the family, the piano, possibly a gift to mark the birth of the child. Made by Broadwood, these pianos had the pleated silk of the sound box, often blue (see pl.41) but this form did not remain popular and very few survive. The father is still dressed in his shooting clothes and his pockets bulge with the game he has shot; he seems even to dangle one before the baby.

Apart from the gun on the carefully arranged centre table, this is surely the sitting room of the lady of the house with its plethora of fantastic pots upon the powerfully modelled chimney-piece, the lion monopodiae in the manner of Thomas Hope or George Smith, or perhaps a more adventurous mid-George III survival like the side chairs and centre table. This is clearly a house with historic contents updated by the piano, itself flanked by two earlier giltwood torcheres.

On the carpet the gundog slumbers in the nearby warmth of the fire, after a day's sport adding to the contentment and overall charm of the scene executed in soft, warm colours.
Dimensions
Height 89.00 mm (3.50 inches)
Width 121.00 mm (4.76 inches)
Medium
Watercolour
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