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ID number:  BIRBI-48.16
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Ostade, Adriaen van (1610-1685)
Title / Object name:  The child and the doll
Object type:  Print
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  1679
Materials:  Etching
Measurements:  Paper: 104 x 93 mm; mount: 557 x 404 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. Craddock & Barbard, October 1948, for £7.4.0

A child sits on its mother’s lap and reaches for a doll while the parents fondly observe. Dolls were particularly associated with girls as they were thought to gravitate naturally towards their calling as mother and housewife even in early play. This simple family is therefore represented as correctly training the child to recognise its future role. Van Ostade is best known for his warm depictions of peasant scenes which portray the figures with dignity and humour.

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