The Children of Richard Croft 6th by John James Hall

I found this lovely painting (or portion of a painting) on the jacket of Growing Up In England: The Experience of Childhood 1600-1914 by Anthony Fletcher.

I find both the detached look of the older boy and the way the light gets brighter as it moves from oldest to youngest interesting. This pattern of light may point to the Romantic belief that children were closest to God and maintained a higher state of innocence than adults. I say “may” because I can’t seem to track down a date that corresponds with the painting and I don’t know enough about art and art history to know key characteristics of various art periods.

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