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Innocents and Card Sharpers (A Game of Piquet)

MEISSONIER, Jean Louis Ernest (1815 - 1891)

Innocents and Card Sharpers (A Game of Piquet)

Date: 1861

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.

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