A Self-Guided Tour for Young People and Their Families: Page 4

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: George Morland
Title: Blind Man's Buff
Date: 1787-1788
Lender: Detroit Institute of the Arts

Meet some kids hanging out and playing a game called "Blind Man's Buff." This looks like a normal scene to us, but did you know that before the 1700s, kids were not allowed to play after they reached the age of seven? Playing was considered bad, and children were forced to act like miniŠadults and forbidden by their parents to play! It wasn't until the 1700s that people began to understand that kids could learn through play.

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