|Collection||Reading Museum Service|
|Artist|| After Lancret, Nicolas (French painter, draftsman, and collector, 1690-1743)
Attributed to Gibson (British artist, active mid 19th century)
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1825|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1875|
|Description||A game once practised by archers involved tying an effigy of a parrot, then known as a 'popinjay', to a pole. The first to sever the string with his arrow was the victor and would be awarded the title of 'Popinjay'. Consequently the term was often used to describe a vain young man. This artist's depiction of the game in practice is copied from Nicolas Lancret's The Four Ages of Man: Maturity which has a broader composition with cavorting couples seated around the two competitors. The humour of Lancret's visual pun seems rather lost in this toned-down nineteenth-century imitation.|
|Current Accession Number||REDMG:1932.17.1|
|Subject||figure; everyday life|
|Measurements||99 x 84 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by Hugh E. Walford 1932.|
|Principal Exhibitions||People in Paintings, Museum of Reading, 2000 (no catalogue).|
A copy after Lancret's The Four Ages of Man: Maturity, 1730-5, National Gallery, London.
The present painting is currently attributed to 'Gibson' an artist local to Reading in the late nineteenth century.
|Rights Owner||Reading Museum Service, Reading Borough Council (all rights reserved)|
|Author||Dr Anne L. Cowe|