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Night Musicians

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Collet, John (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 62, box B

This image depicts city life before the introduction of systemised street lighting. A darkened back street conceals an impromptu party. The man holding a torch is probably a linkman, who would have been employed to provide a guiding torch light during the night.

The 18th-century painter John Collet specialised in humorous scenes of everyday people.

Physical description

Watercolour on paper showing a crowd scene in a darkened London alleyway. The crowd includes a man playing drums, a man carrying a torch - probably a linkman, a black man, a clergyman, children and animals. The scene is in the style of humorous genre.

Place of Origin

London (painted)


ca. 1760 (painted)


Collet, John (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper


Height: 27.3 cm, Width: 32 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour entitled 'Night Musicians' by John Collet. Great Britain, ca. 1760.


Water-colour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Clergyman; Child; Night; Animals; Musical instruments


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