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Title Afternoon Tea in Holland
Collection Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Artist Attributed to manner of Metsu, Gabriel (Dutch painter, 1629-1667)
Date Earliest about 1640
Date Latest 1667
Description Gabriel Metsu was a Dutch genre painter active in the middle of the seventeenth century. He generally painted interiors with figures, although his early works consist mainly of street and market scenes and religious subjects. Like most of his contemporaries, he also painted portraits, but these usually took the form of conversation pieces such as this. The composition is quite cluttered, providing distractions from the interaction between the figures in the scene. In this Metsu was unlike his great contemporaries, Vermeer and de Hoogh, whose comparable interiors were spare in detail however, rich the textures and dazzling the handling of light.
Current Accession Number 1904.97
Subject everyday life (drinking tea); interior (reception room); figure
Measurements 87 x 73 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by J. H. Bell 1904.
Notes The figure types are not typical and the perspective of the slanting table and the slanting floor seem quite poorly handled and inferior to Metsu's work.
Rights Owner Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Sefton M.B.C. Leisure Services
Author Lisa Howard



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