Paternal Love
Paternal Love

Image credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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Three generations of a family gather around a humble hearth, forming an image of domestic happiness in a modest setting. When Aubry exhibited the work in 1775 it was praised for its naturalism – the depiction of a range of objects with great truth – but also for its positive influence as a ‘moral genre’. A domestic scene of a loving husband who provides for his wife and three strapping sons and supports his widowed father, it was argued, offers a striking lesson for the dissolute upper classes.

Paternal Love


oil on canvas


H 78.7 x W 101.5 cm

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purchased, 1962

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