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Two's Company, Three's None

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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Narrative scene depicting two young lovers in a garden. In the centre of the composition, a young man and woman sit together on wooden chairs in front of a large stone pedestal surrounded by potted plants and surmounted by an urn. The man sits astride his chair, resting his chin in his hand whilst draping the other over the back of the chair; he is depicted in late eighteenth- or early nineteenth-century dress, wearing a bicorn hat, breeches, a tailcoat, cravat and gloves. The woman sits sideways on her chair with her legs crossed, resting her feet on a stool and turning her head away from the man to face the viewer; she has one arm hung over the back of her chair and holds a fan in the other hand. Behind her is a basket on the ground in which she has been gathering apples.

Manchester Art Gallery



Two's Company, Three's None




oil on panel


H 31.1 x W 51.6 cm

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Acquisition method

bequeathed by Mr James Thomas Blair, 1917

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Inscription description

Signed at left bottom corner: MARCUS STONE


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