Christ Blessing Little Children
Eastlake, Charles Lock
Europe, United Kingdom, England
79 x 103.2 cm
Christ Blessing Little Children 1839
Charles Lock Eastlake 1793-1865
Oil on canvas
This painting was first exhibited at the Royal Academy
with the following lines from Matthew's Gospel:
And the disciples rebuked them.
But Jesus said, Suffer little children,
and forbid them not, to come unto me.
One of the children presents a disciple with a flower.
Wary of the new tendency for sensationalism in art,
one critic felt Eastlake had redeemed painting
'from the too just reproach of vulgarism.'
The artist later became President of the Royal Academy
and Director of the National Gallery.
This painting was once owned by Henry McConnel,
a Manchester cotton magnate and art collector.
Gift of James Worthington 1886.1