The Wallace Collection

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A Child Learning to Read
  • Hippolyte (Paul) Delaroche (1797 - 1856)
  • A Child Learning to Read
  • France
  • 1848
  • Painting
  • Oil on mahogany panel
  • Image size: 20.5 x 14.2 cm
    Diameter: 13.7 cm, painted area
    Object size: 30 x 30 x 6.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Paul DelaRoche / 1848.'
  • P358
  • Not on display
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Although acquired separately by Lord Hertford, both this painting and Delaroche P355 are almost certainly pendants. Mother and Children is a version of a much larger picture, A Mother’s Joy (Luxembourg, Musée J.-P. Pescatore), painted in 1843 for Willem II of Holland (and was therefore probably painted c.1843-8). The two pictures contrast mood, social status and race as well as leisure and activity, but they are united by the themes of motherhood and nurturing.