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A happy young couple make music in an elegant panelled room with costly furniture. An open door, marble columns on either side, reveals a glimpse of a room beyond, where a fine gauze curtain hangs at a window. The young man sits at his ease, his long fingers plucking the strings of the theorbo – an ancient instrument, now rarely played. The young woman plays the cittern, an instrument that’s easier to master.
A Young Man playing a Theorbo and a Young Woman playing a Cittern
Oil on canvas
H 68 x W 84 cm
Bought (Clarke Fund), 1889