A Tea Party

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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. Standing to the left of the central seated figure is a servant wearing a wig, who points to the teaspoon he holds for measuring out the tea.


A Tea Party




oil on canvas


H 37.4 x W 45.7 cm

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bequeathed by Edgar and Effie Assheton Bennett, 1979

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