Le Lecteur (The Reader), Marble Hill House

Hubert-François Gravelot1745

English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

This is a rare oil painting by the French artist Hubert François Gravelot, who helped to popularise the rococo style in England. He was better known for his engravings and taught drawing at the St Martin’s Lane Academy in London to pupils including Thomas Gainsborough. This elegant painting, of a man reading to a woman in a carefully rendered interior, was engraved in 1745 and became very popular.


  • Title: Le Lecteur (The Reader), Marble Hill House
  • Creator: Hubert François Gravelot
  • Date Created: 1745
  • Location: Marble Hill House
  • Location Created: London
  • Type: Painting
  • Original Source: MARBLE HILL HOUSE
  • Rights: English Heritage: The Ernest Edward Cook Bequest presented by the Art Fund.
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Credit line: Purchased with the aid of a grant from the Victoria and Albert Museum

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