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Oil painting - Unknown Woman and Two Children
  • Unknown Woman and Two Children
    Gawen Hamilton, born 1692 - died 1737
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Unknown Woman and Two Children

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    UK (painted)

  • Date:

    1700-1750 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gawen Hamilton, born 1692 - died 1737 (circle of, attributed to, painted by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Museum number:

    MISC.102-1989

  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Babies Gallery, case WN

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The painting shows a woman and two young children seated in a panelled room with red drapes and a turkey carpet. The woman wears a pink wrapping gown with white sleeve frills, lining and modesty piece at the neck. The gown does not appear to be fastened and is probably being worn as a nursing garment.
On the woman's lap is an undressed baby partly covered by white fabric and wearing a white cap with a red ribbon. By the woman's left side is a straw-work layette basket on a table. She holds out a teething coral to a young child who is seated in an enclosed wooden chair on wheels. The child is wearing a white gown trimmed with lace.

Physical description

The painting shows a woman and two young children seated in a panelled room with red drapes and a turkey carpet. The woman wears a pink wrapping gown with white sleeve frills, lining and modesty piece at the neck: the gown does not appear to be fastened and is probably being worn as a nursing garment. On the woman's lap, held within her left arm, is an undressed baby partly covered by white fabric (probably discarded clothing), and wearing a white cap with a red ribbon. By the woman's left side is a straw-work layette basket on a table. With her right hand she holds out a teething coral on a black ribbon to a young child on her right, who is seated in an enclosed wooden chair on wheels, and is wearing a white gown trimmed with lace and a white cap trimmed with black ribbon.
The frame is made of gessoed and gilded wood with a black-painted surround, probably 20th century.

Place of Origin

UK (painted)

Date

1700-1750 (painted)

Artist/maker

Gawen Hamilton, born 1692 - died 1737 (circle of, attributed to, painted by)

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

Sir Peter Lely [sic]

Dimensions

Height: 46.3 cm canvas, Width: 41.2 cm canvas

Object history note

Bought at auction: Sale of Paintings at Phillips, Blenheim Street, London, 06/06/1989 Lot 22

Descriptive line

Painting of a woman and two children, oil colour on canvas, Circle of Gawen Hamilton (attrib); UK, 1700-50

Materials

Oil colour

Subjects depicted

Woman; Children

Categories

Paintings

Collection code

MoC

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Qr_O117676
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