This type of painting became popular in the first half of the eighteenth century with the rise of the middle-class in England and, with it, a growing demand for portraiture to record the intimate detail of home life. It reflects an increasing relaxation in the relationship between parent and child, as children were no longer expected to behave like adults and the benefits of play and the role of the mother in child-rearing were increasingly recognised. The room in which the figures are set is typical of the early Georgian period and reflects the interior appearance of Peckham's Pallant House.
Where to see this painting?
Pallant House Gallery
9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, England, PO19 1TJ
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.