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Title A Music Party
Alternative Title Italian Comedy Scene; Scene from Shakespeare
Collection New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Artist Attributed to Horemans, Jan Josef, I (Flemish painter, 1682-1752)
Attributed to Horemans, Jan Josef, II (Flemish painter, 1714-after 1790)
Previously attributed to Grimou, Alexis (Swiss painter, 1678-1733)
Date Earliest possibly 1760
Date Latest possibly 1770

This small oil painting depicts an interior with a group of people playing instruments informally around a table. The theatrical style of the costumes gave rise to the notion that the painting represents a Shakespearian scene. However, the subject is usually described as a musical party. This theme became popular in northern Europe in the seventeenth century, when musical references served as a reminder of the fragile and fleeting nature of life.

The work is usually attributed to a Flemish painter Jan Joseph Horemans, or to his son of the same name. However both artists regularly signed their work, whereas this painting is unsigned.

Current Accession Number L.F20.1935.11.0
Former Accession Number 20 A 1935/11
Subject figure; interior
Measurements 48.0 x 56.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. W. C. Bickley 1935.
Publications Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, p. 93.

The painting was entitled Scene from Shakespeare on acquisition.

The attribution to Horemans was made by D. E. Johns of Sotheby's in 1973. In museum records the painting is listed as the work of either Jan Josef Horemans the elder or his son of the same name; Alexis Grimou is also listed as a possible attribution. It is unclear which Horemans Wright intended in his catalogue, op. cit, as he referred to a Peter Joseph Horemans in one reference and to Peter Jacob in another.

Rights Owner Leicester City Museums Service
Author Dr Angela Smith



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