|Interior of a parlour with seated man smoking, oil on canvas, signed by John Edward Soden, 1862, in an ebonised pine frame with gilded sight edge, possibly twentieth century.
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|This painting depicts a man smoking in a parlour or drawing room. The man is shown lounging in a red upholstered armchair smoking a clay pipe with one leg resting on the fender and the other slung over the arm of the chair. To the left of the picture is a round table, covered with a deep tablecloth, on which a vase of flowers, a small silver tobacco box and a volume entitled 'The Turf' have been placed. To the right there is a fireplace equipped with fire irons and a highly polished fender. The room is decorated with a patterned carpet and a pink wallpaper with a decorative border. A window dressed with a slatted blind and net curtains can be seen in the background and various pieces of furniture, paintings and ornaments are disposed around the room. In the foreground an empty pewter tankard and playing cards lie discarded on the carpet and a newspaper is draped over an overturned footstool. The painting is signed and dated on the stamped envelope, which is shown lying on the carpet beside the fender at the bottom right corner.