A Children's Tea Party
HOGARTH, William (1697 - 1764)
[image: A Children's Tea Party]
Media: oil on canvas
Size: 64.3 x 76.5 cm
Acquired: 1988; Gift; Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax
Accession Number: NMW A 94
This composition depicts the same children as those in its pendant except that the elder boy is absent. The broken capital behind the drum-playing small boy and the mirror held by his sister are symbols of vanity and decay. At the right, a spaniel upsets the tea table presided over by the two elder girls and their doll. This imagery and the wreath of flowers draped round the garden vase, reminiscent of a funeral urn, may indicate that there has been a death in the family.