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British Conversation Pieces and Portraits of the 1700s

presents six "conversation" scenes, including informal group portraits as well as imaginary views of daily life. Pictures were commissioned by families or friends to portray them sharing common activities such as hunts, meals, or musical parties. (National Gallery of Art)

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Joseph Wright, British, 1734 - 1797.  'Portrait of a Gentleman,' c. 1770-1773, oil on canvas, 128 x 102 cm (50 3/8 x 40 1/8 in.) Andrew W. Mellon Collection -- 1940.1.11

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