Children at a Church Door

The painting shows clergymen gathering children at a church door. The priest in the foreground has a tag inscribed with the word 'Hane' pinned to his back. This is a childish misspelling for 'âne', French for 'ass'. Charlet was best known as a lithographer who produced caricatures and this picture has a satirical aspect.

Key facts

Artist dates
1792 - 1845
Full title
Children at a Church Door
Date made
about 1817-45
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
24.1 x 33 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Sir Robert and Lady Witt to the Tate Gallery through the Art Fund, 1926; transferred, 1956
Inventory number
Location in Gallery