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Pieter Christoffel Wonder painted this accurately if unimaginatively titled work, The Staircase of the London Residence of the Painter, in 1828.

In fact, the phrase “accurate if unimaginative” seems fairly well suited to the painting in general.

True, Wonder uses the game on the table—a hare and a pheasant—to include his signature (and more information about the house depicted).

His clothes, too, indicate something of how he wants to be perceived.

Much of the work reads, though, as a fairly straight record of the house itself. The light—on a tasseled cord, so it can be lowered and filled—the grandfather clock, the carpet, the little King Charles Spaniel and all seem more like an inventory than a composition.


Just as a thank-you-for-putting-up-with-my-constant-commission-advertisement-reblogging, here’s a Tumblr exclusive sketchdump! All of these are of my character Andry, spanning the past several months. Please don’t claim any of these for your own use! <3 Jem