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This painting, by a follower of Bega, shows a family scene in which a mother is suckling her child. She is surrounded by her husband on the right, and the child and a girl on the left. The scene takes place in the family’s kitchen. This domestic interior, with a woman suckling child and a man smoking, is full of psychological meaning. Kitchens, together with bedrooms, are the heart of children’s moral instruction, since they are private spaces in which the family spends time together.
oil on panel
H 36 x W 26 cm
presented by D. P. Sellar, 1898
Frame: b1620 d1664