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Marcellus Laroon the Younger (1679-1772)

A Musical Tea Party Signed and dated 1740

RCIN 403544

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This is a levée. A lady in fashionable undress is attended by ‘suitors’- professionals seeking work, relations seeking favours, as well as her friends. Two musicians play for her; a fat clergyman pursues a lady; a scowling thug, with black scars on his face, perhaps offers his services as a fencing-master. A slave boy works while a pampered lapdog reclines on a cushion.