Attributed to William Doughty Caricature Group c.1780

Artwork details

Artist
Attributed to William Doughty 1757–1782
Title
Caricature Group
Date c.1780
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 775 x 1041 mm
frame: 878 x 1160 x 77 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1939
Reference
N05598
Not on display

Display caption

The identity of this group has yet
to be established, although it clearly represents a gentleman's club of some sort. Absent members are represented through portraits painted by the artist standing at the extreme right.

 

Some of the members wear blue ribbons
and medals around their necks. These
may represent prizes in a 'Catch'
or 'Glee Club'. On the table is a sheet
of music, probably for a popular song
of the period. The group is watching
the harlequin painted upon the hand
one of the members, who amuses his companions with its antics.

August 2004

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