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A Mother Delousing her Child’s Hair, Known as ‘A Mother’s Duty’  1658

by Pieter de Hooch

A mother thoroughly inspects her child’s head for lice. She pursues her task in a sober Dutch interior, with
Delft blue tiles and a box bed. In the right foreground is a ‘kakstoel’, or potty chair. Through the doorway is a glimpse of a sunny back room and a garden. De Hooch specialized in such ‘through-views’.
Courtesy of Rijksmuseum