The Game of Pied-de-Boeuf

The game was originally a children's game, in which the players put their hands one on top of another, counting upwards from one; whoever had nine seized a hand not on the pile, saying 'Je tiens mon pied de boeuf.'

The painting is a copy of an original exhibited at the Salon in 1725; the composition has been inverted and a different background has been added.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1679 - 1752
Full title
The Game of Pied-de-Boeuf
Date made
between 1828 and 1904
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
33.7 x 27.6 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Presented by Lt.-Col. George Babington Croft Lyons, 1908
Inventory number
NG2216
Location in Gallery