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Hubert-François Gravelot, 1699–1773, French, active in Britain (1733–45)
A Game of Quadrille
ca. 1740
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 25 x 30 inches (63.5 x 76.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund, in honor of Brian Allen, Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (1993-2012)
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
apron | bows (costume accessories) | buckles | card game | chairs | coats | conversation piece | costume | curtains | dresses | envy | fan (costume accessory) | fichus | food | furniture | genre subject | interior | leisure | maid | men | mob caps | paintings | pink (color) | purple | quadrille | red | Rococo | rug | servants | slave | stockings | sword | tables (support furniture) | tea service | tray | wigs | women
On view
Curatorial Comment:
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In a tastefully appointed room, three ladies and three gentlemen are engaged in a round of quadrille, a card game developed at the French court in the early eighteenth century. At right, a maid and an enslaved servant are about to serve tea (the latter carries a kettle, as does the page in Hogarth’s "A Harlot's Progress", displayed nearby). Gravelot, who was born and trained in France, came to London in 1733 to pursue a career as a painter and book illustrator. Gravelot’s "A Game of Quadrille" became well known through a large copy displayed at Vauxhall Gardens, London’s premier pleasure ground at the time. This large version was one of approximately fifty pictures made to decorate the Gardens’ “supper-boxes,” where visitors dined. --This text served as the label to this object in Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain, an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art that was curated by Esther Chadwick, Meredith Gamer, and Cyra Levenson, which was on view from October 2, 2014 until December 14, 2014.
Exhibition History:
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Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-10-02 - 2014-12-14)

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Brian Allen, Francis Hayman, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1987, p. 135, cat. no. 64, NJ18 H3324 A54 (YCBA)

Amal Asfour, Gainsborough's vision, Liverpool University Press, Liverpool [England], 1999, p. 62, NJ18 G16 A74 1999 (YCBA)

Figures of empire : slavery and portraiture in eighteenth-century Atlantic Britain, organized by the Yale Center for British Art and curated by Esther Chadwick and Meredith Gamer, PhD candidates in the History of Art at Yale University and Cyra Levenson , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, p. 42, V 2556 (YCBA)

David Coke, Vauxhall Gardens, a history , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2011, pp. 103, 109, 364-65, app. 1, # 4, fig. 79, DA689.G3 C65 2011 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Desmond J.V. Fitz-Gerald, Gravelot and His Influence on English Furniture, Apollo, vol 90, August 1969, p. 141, N1 A54 89:2/90:1 (YCBA) (OVERSIZED)

Lawrence Gowing, Hogarth, Hayman and the Vauxhall Decorations, Burlington Magazine, vol. 95, no. 596, January 1953, pp. 11, 17, fig. 23, N1 B87 vl. 95 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

British Art, Lowell Libson Ltd., 2012 , Lowell Libson Ltd., London, 2012, pp. 12-15, DealerCat Lowell Libson (YCBA)

Slavery and portraiture in 18th-century Atlantic Britain, [ Website ] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2015, Available Online http://interactive.britishart.yale.edu/slavery-and-portraiture/279/an-unknown-man-perhaps-charles-goring-of-wiston-1744-1829-out-shooting-with-his-servant

[ Advertisement ] Pelham Galleries, Apollo, vol. 163, no. 532, June 2006, p. 27, N1 A54 vol. 163+ OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Game of Quadrille, Apollo, vol 163, June 2006, p. 27, N1 A54 163:2 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Notable Works of Art Now on the Market : Supplement, Burlington Magazine, vol 97, December 1955, pp. 10-11, Pl. XXVI, N1 B87 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Also available online : JSTOR

Flavour of French Rococo in England, The Times (London), 9 July 1968, p. 6, Available online: Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML)

After the Paintings in Vauxhall, London Daily Post and General Advertiser, 10 June 1743, p. 2, Available online: 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection

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