Portrait of Thomas Payne with His Family and Friends
Louis François Gérard van der Puyl, Dutch (active France, England, Utrecht, and Amsterdam), 1750 - 1824
The seated gentleman wearing spectacles in the center of the painting is Thomas Payne, a famous London bookseller and publisher whose shop in Mewsgate, London, was a gathering place for intellectuals and literary figures. This view of the shop shows family members and friends socializing and playing Whist, a popular eighteenth-century card game. The painter, a Dutch artist who worked in London in the 1780s, is the man standing on the far left.
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