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The Young Drummer
  • Thomas Couture (1815 - 1879)
  • The Young Drummer
  • France
  • c. 1857
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 26.1 x 21 cm
    Object size: 49 x 44.5 x 9 cm
  • Signature: 'T.C.'
  • P262
  • West Gallery III
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  • There is a larger version, signed and dated 1857, in the Detroit Institute of Arts. Although the subject is traditional (cf. Willem van Mieris, 'Children’s Games', P178) - showing the Romantic theme of the child as father of the man - it also had much contemporary relevance when it was painted shortly after the ending of the Crimean War (1853-6).