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The daughters of Sir Matthew Decker, Bart.


Painter: Meyer, Jan van




Oil painting on canvas, depicting the four daughters of Sir Matthew Decker. A curtain is pulled aside, revealing Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine and Henrietta Maria, each dressed in fine clothes. They are either holding or gesturing towards a treasured possession, these being a china doll, a silver lattice work basket piled high with fruit, a bouquet of cultivated roses, and a lapdog. These objects are resting on a carved plinth, depicting children gathered around what may be a goat.


History note: Presumably coll. Sir Matthew Decker, Bart., his maternal grandfather (d. 1749)

Measurements and weight

Height: 77.5 cm
Width: 66.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


18th Century
Production date: AD 1718

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas
Frame Weight 9.5 kg

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: I.De Meyer.
  • Location: On the balustrade
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1718
  • Location: On the balustrade
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 437
Primary reference Number: 1659
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 29 January 2024 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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