Innocents and Card Sharpers (A Game of Piquet)
MEISSONIER, Jean Louis Ernest (1815 - 1891)
Media: oil on board
Size: 24.2 x 32.2 cm
Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies
Accession Number: NMW A 2471
Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection
Two ‘innocent’ youths, on the right, prepare their next move in a game of Piquet. They appear unaware of their opponents’ scheming, but there is an air of tension as the man behind keeps his hand on his sword and the others watch the cards intently. Meissonier was widely renowned for the highly refined detail of his small historic genre scenes.