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Innocents and Card Sharpers (A Game of Piquet)

MEISSONIER, Jean Louis Ernest (1815 - 1891)

Innocents and Card Sharpers (A Game of Piquet)

Date: 1861

Media: oil on board

Size: 24.2 x 32.2 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2471

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Two ‘innocent’ youths, on the right, prepare their next move in a game of Piquet. They appear unaware of their opponents’ scheming, but there is an air of tension as the man behind keeps his hand on his sword and the others watch the cards intently. Meissonier was widely renowned for the highly refined detail of his small historic genre scenes.


Marc Haynes Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
14 August 2017, 16:13

Hi Laura,

The curator has got in touch with us to say that this painting is currently part of a touring exhibition in Japan. The works in that exhibition are due to return in June 2018, when they will have to be re-acclimatised and checked before being put back on display.

Best wishes,

Digital Team

Sara Huws Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
11 August 2017, 16:42

Hi there Laura

Thank you for your comment. We've asked the curator about this and we'll get back to you as soon as we get an answer. I hope you enjoyed your visit to the museum, even without this painting!

Best wishes

Digital Team

11 August 2017, 14:46
Hi Cardiff Museum

Can you please let me know if this painting is currently on display? Tried to look for it yesterday and it seems to have been moved from its usual place in the French Art room ?


14 April 2009, 08:56
Thenk you
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