A Woman and Five Children

This work has been known by various titles in the past, including 'A Family Group' and 'The Tasting'. It is one of a number of domestic genre scenes by the Le Nain brothers set before a neutral backdrop.

Strips of wood extend the support beyond the copper on all sides.

There is no way of knowing which of the three Le Nain brothers, Antoine, Louis or Matthieu, is intended by the signature. It is considered that Antoine is the most likely on stylistic grounds.

Key facts

Artist dates
Antoine (about 1600 - 48), Louis (about 1603 - 48), Mathieu (about 1607 - 77)
Full title
A Woman and Five Children
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on copper
21.8 x 29.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Presented by Lesser Lesser, 1894
Inventory number
Location in Gallery