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The Changing Face of Childhood

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION exploring British children’s portraits and their influence in Europe, The Changing Face of Childhood, is on display at the Dulwich Picture Gallery until November 4, 2007.

Aristocratic families had a tendency to portray the existence of their lines through the tradition of children’s portraits. However, during the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century, this cultural practice shifted dramatically as new images of childhood were developed.

From the 18th century children no longer represented the proof of a tradition’s continued existence but were considered the incarnation of a new beginning.

They were painted spending time in open landscapes and without the presence of adults, a perception that had its roots in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Locke.

Artists represented in the exhibition include Anthony van Dyke, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Henry Raeburn, Friedrich von Amerling and Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, Dulwich, SE21 7AD.

Times: Tuesday to Friday – 10am to 5pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays – 11am to 5pm.

Admission: £8, £7 seniors, £4 concessions.

For more information call 020 8693 5254 or visit the website.