Boys Playing at See-Saw

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This painting shows a group of young boys playing out-of-doors. Three boys are on a makeshift see-saw made out of logs, and four are wrestling. Two boys wearing cassocks, ruffs and hats, look on as another figure approaches. A chained monkey watches the fun from a high wall. The boy up in the air on the see-saw is dressed in friar's robes, and the two boys wearing cassocks are dressed as priests. The fighting boys perhaps represent soldiers. Goya may be showing some of the various 'career-options' open to boys at the time. Goya painted a wide variety of subjects, including portraits, religious works and war scenes. This is one of a series of six pictures which show children at play. Others from the series show boys playing at leap-frog, soldiers and bullfighting.

Boys Playing at See-Saw




oil on canvas


H 29.8 x W 41.9 cm

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Acquisition method

Stirling Maxwell Collection, gift, 1967

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Normally on display at

Pollok House

Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT Scotland

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