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The Four Ages of Man: Adolescence
Nicolas Lancret

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', ‘Adolescence’, 'Youth', and 'Old Age'. The subject of 'Childhood' is play. The 'games' in 'Adolescence' have a more amorous purpose.

Key facts
Artist Nicolas Lancret
Artist dates 1690 - 1743
Full title The Four Ages of Man: Adolescence
Group The Four Ages of Man
Date made about 1733-4
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 34.3 x 45.3 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Lt-Col John Harvey Ollney, 1837
Inventory number NG102
Location in Gallery Not on display
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The Four Ages of Man

This group of paintings were made as a series and would have been displayed together.