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John Dean (1754 - 1802), engraver
After Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640)

Four children



Inscription: Lettered below the image Four Children / From the original picture at Wilton House in the Collection of the Earl of Pembroke to whom this Plate is respectfully inscribed by his Lordship's / obligd & obedt servt John Dean, and Painted by Rubens. / Publish'd Decr,, 15 1790 by J: Dean, Bentinck Street Soho / Engrav'd by Jno,, Dean.

Museum number: P395

Curatorial note

A group of four naked children sitting under a vine; the winged child far left is holding a lamb and offering it to a second child, seated with his back to the viewer, who is touching the arm of a third child on the right who in turn is reaching out and touching his cheek, while the fourth child sits behind them, leaning inwards with one hand holding a stem of the vine and the other a bunch of grapes. Various kinds of fruit are on the ground to the right.

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