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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 picture was painted in the same year as P214, 'A Young Lady Playing the Guitar'. It is of the same size and format and shares the same provenance; they probably depict members of the same family.

The Wallace Collection





oil on oak panel


H 35.7 x W 28.1 cm

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

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