The painting is a conversation piece of a family in an interior and gives a sense of the people depicted, their time, their values and tastes.

The interior is modest in scale, but combines elaborate items like the rococo mirror with plainer items like the claw table and baluster chairs. The flooring could be marble but is perhaps a rare representation of a floor cloth, a form of floor-covering that was very common in the parlours and dining rooms of the Middle Classes. The Geffrye Museum specialises in the study of the homes of the English, urban middle classes. Representations of domestic interiors are a key source of evidence for understanding this area.

Provenance

Roubel family; by descent.


The Geffrye Museum of the Home

136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London, E2 8EA
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Opening times

The museum is now closed to undergo a major, transformational development project. It will reopen in spring 2020.

Throughout closure, the Geffrye's restored almshouse will remain open for tours and a full programme of events will be run in the front gardens.

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