Oil painting on canvas, A Girl with a Birdcage after Antoine Pesne (Paris 1683 – Berlin 1757), 1740s. A pretty girl, three-quarter length, wearing a white dress trimmed with blue, a scarf round her head, is receiving a bird from the nest offered to her by a lovesick boy who stands at her left in plum-coloured coat and feathered hat. She evidently intends to put it in the cage on which her right arm is resting. Within wooden overmantel probably carved by Alken.
Bequeathed by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 - 1976), daughter of Rudyard Kipling, to the National Trust together with Wimpole Hall, all its contents and an estate of 3,000 acres
Wimpole Hall, The Bambridge Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
after Antoine Pesne (Paris 1683 – Berlin 1757), artist
previously catalogued as attributed to Philippe Mercier (Berlin 1689 – London 1760), artist