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Mother and Children
  • Hippolyte (Paul) Delaroche (1797 - 1856)
  • Mother and Children
  • France
  • c. 1843 - 1848
  • Painting
  • Oil on mahogany panel
  • Image size: 14.4 x 13.8 cm
    Diameter: 13 cm, painted area
    Object size: 30 x 30 x 6.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Paul DelaRoche'
  • P355
  • West Gallery III Staircase
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • ‘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. It seems in part to be an homage to Raphael’s famous representations of the Virgin and Child, and there are also parallels with eighteenth-century art. ‘Mother and Children’ is painted in a soft buttery technique reminiscent of Fragonard, and its subject recalls the Enlightenment cult of motherhood; though the severity of the mother in Delaroche’s scene is exceptional. It is almost certainly a pendant to 'A Child learning to Read' (P358) - the two works contrast wealth, emotional mood and physical type. Parenthood was a matter of great concern to Delaroche, one of two sons who himself was the father of two sons.