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Marcellus Laroon the Younger, 1679–1772

The Barber [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

Former Title(s):

The Barber's Shop [1967, Raines, Marcellus Laroon, catalogue raisonné]

between 1760 and 1769
Oil on canvas
17 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches (44.5 x 34.9 cm)

Label on verso, upper center: "Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings by | Marcellus Laroon at | The Tate Gallery 7th - 30th July 1967 | Catalogue no. 24 | [handwritten] Miss Trumper | [typed] The Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art | 38 Bury Street London SW1"; upper center: "[handwritten] P TR | [typed] M 3918"; lower left: "Scott & Pitt Ltd | London | [handwritten] Mellon | #151"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
barber | chair | costume | genre subject | group portrait | interior | jars | men | plates (dishes) | store | tables | wigs
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Marcellus Laroon the Younger was the son of a Dutch painter of the same name who moved to England from The Hague. Born in London, the younger Laroon lived a long and colorful life as an actor, musician, singer, soldier, and all-around bon vivant. But, he did not begin to focus on art in earnest until his retirement from the army in 1732. Financially independent, he could paint for pleasure and not to make a living. His works, such as this comic genre painting, reveal his Dutch artistic heritage as well as his interest in contemporary French art, particularly that of Jean-Antoine Watteau.

Gallery label for installation of ycba collection, 2016

British Comic Art 1730 - 1830 (Museum of Art and Archaelogy, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1988-10-14 - 1988-12-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 142-143, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Patricia Crown, British comic art, 1730-1830, from the Yale Center for British Art, Museum of Art and Archaelogy, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, 1988, p. 25, NC1477 G63 C76 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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