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A Child Plucking a Rose

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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The girl is shown plucking a white rose, symbol of love and purity, from a pot placed on an entablature supported by putti, the naked children traditionally associated with Venus, goddess of Love. She is dressed in fashionable adult costume, and the stone ledge and flower-pot have been scaled down to give the effect of an adult portrait. The child’s youth, however, is conveyed by her round face and wide-eyed gaze and is confirmed by an inscription on the verso which reveals that she was called Corelia and was painted at the age of seven in 1669.

The Wallace Collection

London

  • Date

    1669

  • Medium

    oil on oak panel

  • Measurements

    35.7 x 28.1 cm

  • Accession number

    P212

  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1866; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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