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In the clearing of a wood, revellers are shown in contemporary dress and historical costume enjoying the pleasures of a fête: some descend from a carriage, others converse, walk, and take in the sights, while in the background a carrousel turns and on the right servants provide a rude contrast to the aristocratic guests. The scene recalls the amateur theatricals, balls and masquerades held near Paris in the country properties of the aristocracy at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
oil on canvas
H 60 x W 79.2 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1867; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897