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Here's a funny thing. You might have thought this was an 18th-century painting, but it was actually done sometime in the career of Percy Thomas MacQuoid (British; 1852-1925). MacQuoid was an illustrator, theater designer, and furniture expert. I wonder if that background actually helped provide this piece with its giveaway touches. See, a fine art painter would have copied the style of the time, gone bigger, bolder, lusher, and wouldn't have shied away from Peg's charms (this "Peg" looks like a hinged Barbie doll and we can't even see her face). This piece is a welter of detail and small fuss, and lit too coldly.
But those kitties are swell, especially that itty bitty one all by itself on the floor - a gesture of a cat, a catlet.