A Peasant Family at Meal-time ('Grace before Meat')

The little girl on the right of the table is saying grace while the mother is preparing the plates for the children. It is one of a number of paintings of this subject by the artist. The earliest version, dated 1660, is in the Walter Morrison Collection, Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire. The National Gallery's version was probably painted in the mid-1660s.

Key facts

Artist dates
1626 - 1679
Full title
A Peasant Family at Meal-time ('Grace before Meat')
Date made
about 1665
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
44.8 x 37.5 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery