Hardy, Frederick Daniel (English, 1826-1911)
Children Playing at Doctors
Frederick Hardy often painted nostalgic and happy scenes of childhood. Here, the six young children are acting out a medical scene. The two in the center are using a mortar and pestle on bread to make harmless medicine; however, the child on the right is pouring something potentially dangerous from a bottle in the cabinet. Luckily the adults are coming into the house; otherwise the “patient” might suffer the same fate as the doll that has toppled out of the carriage. Notes by Mariann Smith. Image credit: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This credit line represents the 'Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum' (a non-departmental public body established by the National Heritage Act 1983)?.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London