'The Guitar Player', Jacob van Schuppen, painted about 1700
Artist: Jacob van Schuppen (1670-1751)
Oil on canvas
90.2 x 117.5cm
Accession Number: WAG 1195
This informal portrait is probably of a French courtier and his family. It was painted before the artist left Paris in 1706-7.
The guitar was popular at the French court in the early 18th century. It was considered especially suitable for accompanying singing. Indeed, the music book on the table appears to be open at a song.
The emphasis on music making could be intended to suggest harmony within the family.