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A wealthy family enjoy coffee beside a fountain. The mother offers a spoon from her cup to her little daughter. The father sits beside them holding the tray while their servant pours coffee from the pot into his cup. The painting is more likely to be a genre scene than a portrait of a particular family as none of the figures shows any awareness of the viewer, as would be usual in a portrait. The painting used to be known as ‘La Tasse de Chocolat’ (‘The Cup of Chocolate’) until it was noticed that the pot is one generally used for serving coffee.

The National Gallery, London



probably 1742


Oil on canvas


H 88.9 x W 97.8 cm

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Acquisition method

Bequeathed by Sir John Heathcoat Amory, with life interest to Lady Amory by whom presented, 1973

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