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The Four Times of Day: Afternoon
Nicolas Lancret

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

Two women watch a man and a woman playing backgammon. Gaming was a popular pursuit among the leisured classes of 18th-century France.

Key facts
Artist Nicolas Lancret
Artist dates 1690 - 1743
Full title The Four Times of Day: Afternoon
Group The Four Times of Day
Date made 1739-41
Medium and support Oil on copper
Dimensions 28.8 x 36.7 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Sir Bernard Eckstein, 1948
Inventory number NG5869
Location in Gallery Not on display
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The Four Times of Day

This group of paintings were made as a series and would have been displayed together.