X. Fête galante with a Dancing Couple

Entered September 2021Accord Parfait

London, The Wallace Collection, inv. P 380

Oil on canvas
53.5 x 64.4 cm




Watching the Dance



London, collection of Charles Meigh (d. 1865; ceramic manufacturer). His sale, London, Christie’s, June 9, 1855, lot 61; bought by S. Caw for Richard Seymour Conway, 4th Marquess of Herford, for £ 65.3.

London, collection of Richard Seymour Conway, 4th Marquess of Herford.



Ingersoll-Smouse, Pater (1929), cat 231.

Ferré, Watteau (1972), 3: cat. P52.

Ingamells, The Wallace Collection (1985), 285.

Duffy and Hedley, Wallace Collection’s Pictures (2004), 315.



In style and theme, this painting is self-evidently by Pater. Yet when it was sold in 1855 it was presumed to be by Watteau, and at first it was catalogued in the Wallace Collection under his name.

There are several closely related versions of this composition; one is in the Louvre, another was with the Rothschild family, and a third was sold in New York, Sotheby’s, May 29, 2003, lot 61.