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A Boy Aged Two

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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The child in this portrait wears a bodice and skirt over a farthingale frame. This was the fashion for dressing boys until they were ‘breeched’ (dressed in breeches or trousers) at the age of five or six. In his left hand he holds a bunch of flowers and a string attached to a robin. The flowers are pansies and signified innocence and transience whilst birds are thought to symbolise the human soul flying away at the moment of death.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney

  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on panel

  • Measurements

    114.3 x 85.7 cm

  • Accession number

    CVCSC : 0251.B

  • Acquisition method

    purchased, 1998

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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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