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A Girl seated outside a House
Jacob Maris
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When this small painting on wood was bequeathed to the National Gallery it had the title Vespers, although it had previously been titled Young Girl with Flowers. The composition is very similar to a picture titled Sunday Afternoon, which Jacob Maris had painted a few years earlier in 1863. That painting’s current location is unknown, but a lithograph of it shows a slightly older girl, who is knitting as she sits outside an ivy-covered house with a church in the distance.

In this picture, painted in 1867, Maris has replaced the knitting with a straw hat, which the girl is decorating with flowers. She is also wearing jewellery. The church itself is in Montigny-sur-Loing, a small town on the southern edge of the forest at Fontainebleau, some 50 miles south of Paris. The same girl may have posed for A Girl feeding a Bird in a Cage, also in the Gallery’s collection, which was painted in the same year.

Key facts
Artist Jacob Maris
Artist dates 1837 - 1899
Full title A Girl seated outside a House
Date made 1867
Medium and support Oil on mahogany
Dimensions 32.7 x 20.9 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs Mary James Mathews to the Tate Gallery in memory of her husband, Frank Claughton Mathews, 1944; transferred, 1956
Inventory number NG5568
Location in Gallery Gallery A: Paintings after 1600
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