Children play within a loggia, pulling along a girl on a toy cart, while a nurse who holds an infant looks on. This is the first of 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 series, was engraved by Nicolas de Larmessin III; these engravings were announced as issued in July 1735, and it may be assumed that the pictures were painted not long before.
1690 - 1743
The Four Ages of Man: Childhood
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
34.5 x 45.7 cm
Bequeathed by Lt-Col John Harvey Ollney, 1837
Location in Gallery