British School 18th centuryA Family Group in a Garden c.1754

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A Family Group in a Garden
Date c.1754
MediumWatercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensionssupport: 392 x 357 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alan Evans 1974
Not on display

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T01896 A Family Group in a Garden c. 1754

Watercolour and gouache 392×357 (15 7/16×14 1/16), within a black watercolour border probably added by a later hand, on hand-made laid paper 430×396 (16 15/16×15 9/16); watermark ‘IV’
Bequeathed by Alan Evans to the National Gallery 1974; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1974
PROVENANCE ...; Alan Evans by 1974
LITERATURE Aileen Ribeiro, A Visual History of Costume: The Eighteenth Century, 1983, p.68, no.70, repr. p.69

This reputedly entered Alan Evans's collection as by Gainsborough, and was later attributed by Alan Evans to Gravelot; while certainly not Gainsborough's work, it seems unlike Gravelot's. The handling of the figures, the informality of the group and its Rococo setting suggest that the artist must have been familiar with the work of Hayman and of other ar tists in the circle which frequented Slaughter's Coffee House in St Martin's Lane; but his identity is elusive… (read more)

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