The Four Ages of Man: Childhood

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.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1690 - 1743
Full title
The Four Ages of Man: Childhood
Group
Date made
about 1733-4
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
34.5 x 45.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lt-Col John Harvey Ollney, 1837
Inventory number
NG101
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Four Ages of Man

Painting
Nicolas Lancret
about 1733-4
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Youth'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
about 1733-4
Nicolas Lancret: 'The Four Ages of Man: Maturity'
Painting
Nicolas Lancret
about 1733-4