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

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

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.

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