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Joseph van Aken (c.1699 - 1749)

Saying Grace

A962; oil on canvas; 35 x 30 cm

Bequeathed by Francis Falconer Madan, 1962; WA1962.17.4

Although best known as a drapery painter, van Aken began his career in Flanders, painting genre pictures. Judging from the accessories, this middle-class interior seems to be English and to date from about 1720, shortly after van Aken had settled permanently in London. He tended to re-employ the same figures and accessories in different compositions. The detail and the figures in this painting reappear in other works.

Information derived from the The Ashmolean Museum Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.