This conversation piece depicts a typical middle class family of the period.
Group Portrait of the Brewster Family by Thomas Bardwell, 1736
© The Geffrye Museum of the Home
- Oil on canvas
- 101.5 x 127 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £27,000 ( Total: £40,000)
- Acquired in:
- Elwes & Hanham Ltd
Francis Brewster was a linen draper and lived in Beccles, Suffolk with his three surviving daughters and son. The setting is unostentatious and relatively plain although the tripod table and India-backed chairs are of good quality and of recent design.
Sotheby's, New York, 1997; private collection, UK; Elwes & Hanham Ltd, London.
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