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A group of six figures within a narrow, wood panelled room partaking in the ritual of tea drinking. Three figures are seated around a small table being waited on by the other three; the left and central seated figures are women, wearing indoor clothing, and the third figure is a man wearing an informal gown, or banyan, and a loose cap on his head in place of his wig. Standing to the right of the group and framed by a doorway, behind the seated male figure, is a maid who holds a kettle of hot water; she gazes down at the man swiveled in his chair, resting his arm on its back, and turns to gain her attention.
oil on canvas
37.4 x 45.7 cm
bequeathed by Mr and Mrs Edgar Assheton Bennett, 1979