On the left two maids work at an embroidery frame. The painting on the wall shows the goddess Diana with cupids, two of whom decorate a term of a god, probably Pan. This possibly alludes to the chaste character of the lady and the more amorous intentions of the cavalier.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1700/2 - 1785
Full title
A Lady receiving a Cavalier
Date made
1745-55
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
61.5 x 50.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs M.V. James from the Arthur James collection, 1948
Inventory number
NG5841
Location in Gallery