A Girl with a Birdcage

after Antoine Pesne (Paris 1683 – Berlin 1757)
National Trust Inventory Number 207796

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1740 - 1749
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1181 x 1029 mm (46.5 x 40.5 in)
Place of origin
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

Summary description

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

Credit line

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

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (10117)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12642)
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum) (13611)
Periods 18th century (87902)
Maker Antoine Pesne (Paris 1683 – Berlin 1757) (5)
Philippe Mercier (Berlin 1689 – London 1760) (21)
Subjects Scenes of everyday life (genre) (217)
Object Type Oil painting (14440)

Record Status


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