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The ephemeral nature of music and youth is evoked in the poem inspired by 'The Concert', where the viewer is advised to gather flowers and enjoy youth while it remains. The figures wear costumes inspired by the theatre and the contemporary fashion for historical dress. The painting comes from a set of four (with P386, P397 and P400), each of which was accompanied by a sentimental poem by Charles Moraine explaining the amorous subject matter of the picture.
oil on canvas
H 57.1 x W 46.2 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, possibly 1851; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897