The Banquet

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A sixteenth-century scene, showing guests seated at a long table in an outdoor courtyard. They are watching a woman dancing on the mosaic floor in the foreground who has her back to us. She is wearing a red and gold chiffon-type outfit, and is barefoot. Her arms are outstretched. On the left is a group of musicians: they play the flute, double bass, violin and lute. The dinner table is situated in the middle ground, with the host and hostess seated beneath a huge gold tapestry canopy, decorated with the family arms, and those of other noble families. The hostess, on the left, wears a red dress with a high stand-up collar, and she has a white feather in her hair. She holds up a fan of black feathers. Her husband wears a black fur tunic over a brown undertunic and a chain of office round his shoulders; it shows the insignia of the hanging lamb.

Nottingham Castle



The Banquet




oil on canvas


H 127 x W 251.5 cm

Accession number

NCM 1911-34

Acquisition method

purchased from the sale of the property of Charles Jacoby, 1911

Work type


Inscription description

inscription in the tiling of the painting 'J.D.Linton, 1882


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