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Oil painting - The Lesson, or 'Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined'
  • The Lesson, or 'Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined'
    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863
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The Lesson, or 'Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined'

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, painted)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    oil on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:

    FA.236[O]

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

The quotation is from Alexander Pope's Moral Essays, published in the period 1731-1735:

'Tis education forms the common mind,
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined.

Mulready emphasises the nurturing role of a mother in a composition that echoes the traditional theme of the Madonna and Child.

Physical description

Oil on panel depicting a lesson, or a mother teaching her son

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, painted)

Date

ca. 1850 (painted)

Artist/maker

Mulready, William RA, born 1786 - died 1863 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

oil on panel

Dimensions

Height: 44.1 cm estimate, Width: 34 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1861

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'The Lesson, or "Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined"' by William Mulready. Great Britain, ca. 1850s.

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

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 211

Materials

Oil paint; Panel

Techniques

Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Child; Educating; Mother

Categories

Paintings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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