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A concert at Montagu House (?); set in interior of lofty room, musicians include a harpsichordist, a violinist and a cellist
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Height: 350 millimetres
Width: 264 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a smaller version of the drawing, dated 1736, also in the BM (1848,0708.207). This sheet was evidently developed as a study: in particular, the faces are less firmly described, and there are also some noticeable changes of detail, such as the evolution of the cello in the foreground to a cello case in the more finished sheet. According to Horace Walpole's inscription on the latter, the figure on left by the door is John, Earl of Cardigan and later Duke of Montagu, and the lady standing by him is his daughter, Mary, Countess of Cardigan, afterwards Duchess of Montagu, although these identifications are far from clear (see curatorial comment).
Lit.: R. Raines, 'Marcellus Laroon: An Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings arranged by the Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art', exh. cat., Aldeburgh and The Tate Gallery, London, 1967, no. 60
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1967 Jun, Aldeburgh Festival, 'Marcellus Laroon', no. 60
1967 Jul, Tate Gallery, 'Marcellus Laroon', no. 60
2011 June-Sep, Kettering, Boughton House, 'The Music Party'
2011 Sep-Nov, London, Handel House Museum, 'The Music Party'
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- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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