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A Children's Tea Party

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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This composition depicts the same children as those in its pendant except that the elder boy is absent. The broken capital behind the drum-playing small boy and the mirror held by his sister are symbols of vanity and decay. At the right, a spaniel upsets the tea table presided over by the two elder girls and their doll. This imagery and the wreath of flowers draped round the garden vase, reminiscent of a funeral urn, may indicate that there has been a death in the family.

A Children's Tea Party




oil on canvas


H 64.3 x W 76.5 cm

Accession number

NMW A 94

Acquisition method

allocated by HM Government in lieu of tax, 1988

Work type


Inscription description

On label attatched to backboard: Tate Gallery exhibition Dec 71-Feb 72 Cat no.32 Private Collection Signed and dated: (in red paint lower left) W. Hogarth Ft. 1730


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