Marcellus Laroon the Younger

A Musical Assembly

c.1720

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1016 x 1270 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2011
Reference
T13316

Display caption

This is Laroon’s earliest-known oil painting. Trained as an artist by his father, also a painter, he specialised in social genre scenes, particularly the world of actors and painters around Covent Garden in London. The gentleman standing behind the table in semi-profile wearing a blue garter sash and star is Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough (1658–1735). The gathering may be at his house in Fulham. The woman at his side is possibly Anastasia Robinson, a distinguished singer then at the outset of her operatic career.

Gallery label, February 2016