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Oil painting - Children Playing at Doctors
  • Children Playing at Doctors
    Hardy, Frederick Daniel, born 1826 - died 1911
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Children Playing at Doctors

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (Painted)

  • Date:

    1863 (Painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hardy, Frederick Daniel, born 1826 - died 1911 (Painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon

  • Museum number:

    1035-1886

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Hardy's long and successful career was principally devoted to painting happily nostalgic episodes in childhood, most often of a domestic and humorous nature. As with so many scenes of everyday life, this work is intended to be 'read' like a written narrative. The children here are playing while their mother and grandmother are out of the house; the two children in the centre are pounding bread in a mortar and pestle to make tablets, but the child on the right has taken the game a step further by climbing on a chair to open the medicine cupboard, and is pouring a measure of perhaps poisonous liquid into a glass to administer to the 'patient'. Fortunately, the adults are seen returning through the door, otherwise the patient might become a fatality, an outcome suggested in the right corner of the picture by the doll which has fallen out of her carriage. Hardy also uses a device much enjoyed by painters and their audience in the middle years of the nineteenth century - the mirror on the wall which reflects the view to the outside world through the left-hand window.

Physical description

Oil on canvas. The children here are playing while their mother and grandmother are out of the house; the two children in the centre are pounding bread in a mortar and pestle to make tablets, but the child on the right has taken the game a step further by climbing on a chair to open the medicine cupboard, and is pouring a measure of perhaps poisonous liquid into a glass to administer to the 'patient'. Fortunately, the adults are seen returning through the door, otherwise the patient might become a fatality, an outcome suggested in the right corner of the picture by the doll which has fallen out of her carriage. There is a mirror on the wall which reflects the view to the outside world through the left-hand window.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (Painted)

Date

1863 (Painted)

Artist/maker

Hardy, Frederick Daniel, born 1826 - died 1911 (Painter)

Materials and Techniques

oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'F D Hardy/1863'
Signed and dated by the artist on toy cart, lower right

Dimensions

Height: 44.7 cm estimate, Width: 61 cm estimate, Height: 75.5 cm frame, Width: 91.5 cm frame

Object history note

Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon, 1886.
Hardy's long and successful career was principally devoted to painting happily nostalgic episodes in childhood, most often of a domestic and humorous nature. As with so many scenes of everyday life, this work is intended to be 'read' like a written narrative. The children here are playing while their mother and grandmother are out of the house; the two children in the centre are pounding bread in a mortar and pestle to make tablets, but the child on the right has taken the game a step further by climbing on a chair to open the medicine cupboard, and is pouring a measure of perhaps poisonous liquid into a glass to administer to the 'patient'. Fortunately, the adults are seen returning through the door, otherwise the patient might become a fatality, an outcome suggested in the right corner of the picture by the doll which has fallen out of her carriage. Hardy also uses a device much enjoyed by painters and their audience in the middle years of the nineteenth century - the mirror on the wall which reflects the view to the outside world through the left-hand window.

Descriptive line

'Children Playing at Doctors' by Frederick Daniel Hardy, oil on canvas, Britain, signed and dated 1863.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

O'Mahony, C., Brunel and the Art of Invention . Bristol: Samsom & Company Ltd., 2006. 64 p. : col. ill. ISBN 1904537502
Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 118-19

Materials

Oil paint; Canvas

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Interiors; Paintings; Clothing; Furniture; Toys; Childhood; Children; Mirror

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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