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This illusionistic painting is intended to deceive the viewer into thinking it is a real necessary-board stuffed with objects held by leather straps. The type of painting is called 'trompe l'oeil', designed to 'fool the eye'.
The artist, who came from Holland, was in England between 1662–1666 when the picture was painted.
Trompe l’oeil of a Framed Necessary-Board
oil on panel
H 54 x W 59 cm
bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981