A widower proudly shows off his two daughters before a portrait of his late wife. The girls are presented as ideal examples of budding feminine charm, both pretty and modest in attitude; the elder displays her musical accomplishment on the guitar. The picture, c.1664, is typical of Cocques’s late elegant interiors. It refers to the work of Rubens in the grandiose portico copied from Rubens’s portrait of the Gerbier Family (Washington, National Gallery of Art), and to the work of Van Dyck in the little dog, seen in Van Dyck’s 'Lomellini Family' (Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland). In the eighteenth century the picture was thought to be a self-portrait of the artist, but the appearance of the gentleman does not accord with Coques’s engraved self-portrait of 1646, and he is known to have had only one daughter by his first wife.
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