Portrait of a Family, Probably that of Richard Streatfeild1645 by William Dobson

Painting by William Dobson from around 1645, though it was probably finished by another artist after Dobson’s death. The painting is thought to be Richard Streatfield and his family. There are several pointers in the picture to indicate that the family had recently lost members, probably children. The skulls top right and the half clothed child bottom right suggest this, as does the bunch of cherries that the youngest child holds. The two adults are dressed in their best blacks, Richard in a doublet fashionably unfastened at the bottom and a plain band with decorative band strings around his collar. His wife in a black bodice with a lace edged coif, gathered cuffs to her smock and a complicated arrangement of linen around her shoulders fastened with black strings. The child on the left could be dressed in brown doublet and breeches with a cloak, or possibly a dress with hanging sleeves (to be used as leading reins) and plain linen. The smaller child in a kind of all-in-one garment with hanging sleeves and a matching cap.

A portrait of family, probably that of Richard Streatfeild (1611–1676), his wife Ann, and three of their children. The fact that Ann is pointing to a naked child, the cherries held by the youngest child, and the skulls piled up on a broken pedestal may allude to the death of some of the Streatfeild's children in infancy. The work was unfinished at the time of Dobson's death, and portions of it (especially the two children on the left) appear to have been completed by another person. (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Dobson,_Portrait_of_a_Family,_Probably_that_of_Richard_Streatfeild_(c._1645,_Yale_Center_for_British_Art).jpg)
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