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Throughout the artist's lifetime, both Greuze's sentimental and serious pictures attracted many patrons. This picture, a copy of one of his more moralising works, shows a family gathered around a low table to listen to their father read from the New Testament. Apart from the littlest boy, who is distracted by the family's dog, all the children are pictured displaying great concentration towards what is being read to them.
A Father Reading the Bible to His Family
oil on panel
H 51.5 x W 69.5 cm
bequeathed by Alfred Jordan of Hull, 1942 (received 1946)