The Assembly at Wanstead House

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The Assembly at Wanstead House by Hogarth painted c. 1728-1732.

The Assembly at Wanstead House is a c.1728-1732 group portrait by the English artist William Hogarth. It is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

It shows Richard Child, Viscount Castlemain in the Long Ballroom of his newly-built Wanstead House, seated at an ornate tea-table with his 2 eldest daughters at far right foreground, wearing a red coat. His wife, ostensibly the central figure of the painting, suddenly turns away from her card game pointing towards him her card the ace of spades, an allusion to her guests and to the viewer that her husband was her winning card; thus does Hogarth bring his patron, the apparently compositionally modestly placed peer into centre-stage. The younger 3 children form a group in the left foreground.

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