Parkland idylls of this sort populated by elegantly dressed figures were developed by Watteau and adopted by his pupil Pater. This is an 18th-century picture related to three compositions by Pater, although many of the figures are taken from works by Watteau.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1695 - 1736
Full title
The Dance
Date made
18th century
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
74.9 x 114.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Edith Cragg as part of the John Webb Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
NG4079
Location in Gallery