This portrait shows the cellarman or brewer pouring ale from a jug into a horn cup. He is stood beside a table with another jug and further horn cups; the small barrel would have contained 'small beer', a weak beer that would have been drunk by servants at all meals. The barrel sits on a trolley with wheels that would have been pushed up and down the long dining table in the Servant's Hall.
In the 1835, Chatsworth Household Accounts an Edmund Marsden is recorded as being paid 2/- per day (approximately 10p) 'for waiting in the Servants Hall & Brewing'.
This painting is signed by the artist and dated 1835; it is, therefore, quite possible that it is Edmund Marsden portrayed. This painting was historically displayed in the Servants Hall, and is recorded in that position in an historic photograph of the room.