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On a palatial terrace, recalling the grandiose architectural settings of Veronese and the ‘gallant companies’ of Hieronymous Janssens, a gentleman tunes a large lute, or ‘chitarrone’. To his left a girl, as yet too young for love, stands ignored like the bass viol beside her. The playful flirtation of a young man and woman behind is paralleled in the foreground by the game of a little girl with a dog.
oil on canvas
H 67.3 x W 92.5 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1854; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897