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Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1853. The French title, under which the painting was exhibited at the Salon, is taken from a poem by Charles Reynaud dedicated to Meissonier. The figures wear costume derived from the sixteenth century and the subject evokes sixteenth-century Venetian painting as well as the eighteenth-century fête galante. The standing lady in pink is probably Apollonie Sabatier (1822–1890), a friend of Meissonier who is said to have become the mistress of Richard Wallace in either the 1840s or 1860s.
oil on mahogany panel
H 18.4 x W 21.7 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1853; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897