This painting is part of the group: The Four Times of Day

This is the second in a series of four paintings - 'Morning', 'Midday', 'Afternoon' and 'Evening' - known also as Les Heures du Jour (The Hours of the Day).

Three women and a man who have been picking flowers in a garden have stopped by a sundial, inscribed 'XII'. Two of the figures are checking their watches. Lighthearted pursuits were typically shown in the genre scenes of artists like Watteau, Pater and Lancret.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1690 - 1743
Full title
The Four Times of Day: Midday
Group
Date made
1739-41
Medium and support
Oil on copper
Dimensions
28.6 x 36.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir Bernard Eckstein, 1948
Inventory number
NG5868
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Four Times of Day

Painting
Nicolas Lancret
1739
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Times of Day: Morning'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
1739-41
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Times of Day: Afternoon'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
1739-41
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Times of Day: Evening'