Family Group

Image credit: The Bowes Museum

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An Art UK Art Detective discussion of this group in 2020 was never fully concluded but it was clear that the existing attribution to Isabelle Pinson is mistaken for Simon Pinson (1740–after 1800). In discussing Simon in his catalogue entries for the exhibition ‘Cent Portraits pour un Siècle’ at the Musée Lambinet in Versailles (2019–2020, pp.183–87), in which he gives his documented working dates as 1757-1787, Xavier Salmon of the Louvre comments on this group as follows (p. 187, trans.): ‘Simon Pinson occasionally tackled much more ambitious formats [than single sitters]. Signed and dated 1781, the family portrait at the Bowes Museum (inv. 942) is thus his largest work. A moment of family life with the seated mother working at her tapestry loom, her husband standing behind her, a pen in his hand, and their two sons, one playing the violin, the other the flute, behind their music stands, the canvas is not without charm but suffers from a somewhat basic treatment.

The Bowes Museum

Barnard Castle


Family Group




oil on canvas


H 71 x W 90 cm

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bequeathed by the Founders, 1885

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Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8NP England

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