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Painting Title Marriage Feast
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Kessel, Jan Thomas van (Flemish painter, 1677-1741)
Date 1709 (dated)
Signed yes
Description The painting shows a wedding feast in an oval compostion; the marital character is indicated by the bed in the chamber; to the left there are the opened doors to the kitchen. The clothes of the characters (especially the male ones) seem to be ahistoric: two men are wearing turbans, which might indicate that the scene was supposed to show a Biblical subject matter. Jan Thomas van Kessel was an Antwerp genre painter, nephew and pupil of Ferdinand van Kessel. Having first been apprenticed to Peter Ykens, he adopted the style of David Teniers. He went to Paris, where he acquired a reputationfor his village festivals, but on succeeding to his uncle's property fell into dissipation and died in want.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 468
Inscription front cl 'Kessel 1709'
Subject everyday life; figure; interior
Measurements 71.1 x 99.1 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Mr. R.J. Marsh, 1939.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 103; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 302.
Notes Incorrect transcription of the signature on back of canvas: 'Lesset 1709'.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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