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A girl holds up a salver, an expression of distaste on her face, while a shadowy figure stands on the left. With the crackly paint surface, the details are indistinct. This poor appearance is partly due to the bituminous dark paint that has been used, which has cracked and bubbled in drying. Artists often experimented with pigments and binders in the 18th century, sometimes with unfortunate results.

English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall

Doncaster


Date

19th C

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 91 x W 70 cm

Accession number

90007733

Acquisition method

purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990

Work type

Painting


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Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN5 7XJ England

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