Three Men and a Boy

It has been suggested that the three main figures in the painting may be portraits of the painter brothers Antoine, Louis and Mathieu Le Nain. Cleaning in 1968 revealed that the picture is unfinished; the head of a boy emerged under the considerable repainting. It was previously called 'A Trio of Geometers' because the overpaint included in the foreground geometrical instruments and a globe.

Key facts

Artist dates
Antoine (about 1600 - 48), Louis (about 1603 - 48), Mathieu (about 1607 - 77)
Full title
Three Men and a Boy
Date made
about 1647-8
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
54.1 x 64.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Mrs N. Clark Neill in memory of her husband, 1936
Inventory number
Location in Gallery