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One of Boucher’s most ambitious works in the pastoral mode, inspired by the theatrical characters of the immensely popular pantomimes of his friend, Charles-Simon Favart. At the Opéra Comique, where Boucher was both set designer and a keen member of the audience, Favart’s piquant musical dramas combined the Arcadian idealism and aristocratic sensibilities of pastoral poetry with the rustic, sentimental characters of popular theatre.
oil on canvas
H 259.5 x W 198.6 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1852; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897