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Portrait of Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven Years of Age  1756

by Jean-Etienne Liotard

Changing attitudes towards children and the emergence of a large middle class in eighteenth-century Europe increased the demand for portraits of children such as this one. Maria Frederike, the seven-year-old daughter of an aristocratic Dutch family, looks off to the side in a three-quarter view. Lost in thought, she is composed yet somewhat shy in comparison to her dog, wh...
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