This painting is part of the group: The Four Ages of Man

A girl pulling on a stocking at the right is attended by a young man standing by her. The centre of attention in the room is another girl bedecked in flowers who admires herself in a mirror.

This is the second in a series of four canvases by Lancret (all in the Collection) which represent the Four Ages of Man - 'Childhood', 'Youth', 'Maturity', and 'Old Age'. The subject of 'Childhood' is play. The 'games' in 'Youth' have a more amorous purpose.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1690 - 1743
Full title
The Four Ages of Man: Youth
Group
Date made
by 1735
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
34.3 x 45.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lt.-Col. J.H. Ollney, 1836/7
Inventory number
NG102
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Four Ages of Man

Painting
Nicolas Lancret
by 1735
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Childhood'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
by 1735
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Maturity'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
by 1735
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Old Age'