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The First Child

Henry Scheffer (in 1818)

Henry Scheffer (born Hendrik) was the younger brother of the celebrated painter Ary Scheffer. Born in Dordrecht and The Hague respectively, both brothers lived most of their lives in Paris and produced works in the same genres: portraits, religious and historical tableaux and scenes from Romantic literature. This is an excellent example of Henry’s style: a little sentimental perhaps, with the young father kneeling to kiss his wife’s hands following the birth of their first child, but not bad for a painter of twenty.


Title The First Child
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 16
Dimensions (general) Width : 32,9 cm
Height : 41,7 cm
Makers Painter: Henry Scheffer
Accession number 1780 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1869
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1869
Age maker About 20 years old
Exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Henry Scheffer

Den Haag 1798/09/25 - Parijs 1862/03/15