A Self-Guided Tour for Young People and Their Families: Page 3


The New Child: British Art and the Origins of Modern Childhood
An exhibition at the University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley
August 23 - November 19, 1995

Artist: Arthur Devis
Title: The John Bacon Family
Date: 1742–1743
Lender: New Haven, Yale Center for British Art


Meet the John Bacon family. This portrait of the Bacons gives us several clues about their lives. Artists often painted visual clues in their paintings so that viewers like us could learn a lot about the people in the painting just from looking at it.

Mr. Bacon was a scientist. The scientific equipment, such as the telescope near the window, gives us clues about his work. What else can you figure out about other family members from clues in the painting?

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