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

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Set in beautiful 18th century almshouses and gardens in Hoxton, East London, the Museum explores and reeveals the multiple meanings of home and home life through displays of rooms and gardens through time, stories from the collections, exhibitions and events. The Museum is closed until May 2020 for a major redevelopment. When it reopens, it will be the go-to place for ideas, inspiration and debate around the universal theme of home. Opening hours will be Tuesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm

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