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Attributed to Joseph van Aken (also called Joseph Haecken), Flemish (active London), 1709 - 1749. Formerly attributed to William Hogarth, English, 1697 - 1764.

Possibly made in England, Europe

c. 1750

Oil on canvas

25 1/8 x 30 3/16 inches (63.8 x 76.7 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 822

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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A conversation piece is an informal group portrait set in an interior or garden setting. Popular in eighteenth-century England, such works often show fashionable people at leisure. This group of unidentified men and women are seated indoors playing a game of cards. Outside it is snowing, suggesting that the painting may illustrate Winter and might have been part of a series of paintings depicting the four seasons.