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Portrait of Thomas Payne with His Family and Friends

Louis François Gérard van der Puyl, Dutch (active France, England, Utrecht, and Amsterdam), 1750 - 1824

Made in England, Europe


Oil on canvas

35 x 47 inches (88.9 x 119.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 374, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of John Howard McFadden, Jr., 1951

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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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