A Group of Gentlemen Drinking
attributed to Joseph van Aken (Antwerp 1709 - London 1749)
Oil painting on canvas, A Group of Gentlemen Drinking, attributed to Joseph van Aken (Antwerp 1709 - London 1749) A scene on a terrace with four men seated, drinking at a circular table; a fifth is standing at right, taking the hand of a figure in an orange coat. All but one are wearing wigs; a greyhound sniffs the air.
In inventory of the house of the late James Hutton in Park Lane 27/28 July 1770 as 'A Drinking Piece by Watteau'; in undated 19th century (circa 1820 at time of picture cleaning) Erddig inventory 'Drinking Piece - Watteau (scored through) Netcher'[sic] and thence by descent until given by Philip Yorke III (1905-1978) along with the estate, house and contents to the National Trust in 1973.
Erddig, The Yorke Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
attributed to Joseph van Aken (Antwerp 1709 - London 1749) , artist previously catalogued as attributed to Jean-Antoine Watteau (Valenciennes 1684 - Paris 1721), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Caspar Netscher (Heidelberg 1639 – The Hague 1684), artist
Hutton 1770 Inventory of the late James Hutton's house in Park Lane, 27-28 July 1770 , "A Drinking Piece by Watteau"; Erddig 1800-29 Inventory of contents of Erddig, 1800-1829, "Drinking Piece - Watteau [scored through] Netcher"