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'Seated Nymph with Flutes' may depict Euterpe, the muse of lyrical poetry, who is said to have invented the flute. The picture, with P490, relates to Boucher’s work of the 1750s, but is of pedestrian quality and was probably painted by different artists working in the master’s studio. Numerous versions of both paintings are known. They were described as decorative panels in the 1871 inventory of works of art at Bagatelle (cf.
oil on canvas
96 x 140 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, at an unknown date; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897
The Wallace Collection
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