An upper class family is visiting their youngest son and his wet nurse in a rustic interior. The two brothers kiss. A peasant and an old woman watch.
Etienne Aubry, The First Lesson of Fraternal Friendship, 1773 or 1775, oil on canvas, 31 1/4 x 38 1/2 in. (79.4 x 97.8 cm), Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 32-167

Etienne Aubry, The First Lesson of Fraternal Friendship, 1773 or 1775

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doi: 10.37764/78973.5.302

ArtistEtienne Aubry, French, 1745–1781
TitleThe First Lesson of Fraternal Friendship
Object Date1773 or 1775
Alternate and Variant TitlesDeux Époux, allant voir un de leurs enfans en nourrice, font embrasser le petit nourriçon par son frère aîné; La première leçon d’amitié fraternelle; Visite à la nourrice
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions (Unframed)31 1/4 x 38 1/2 in. (79.4 x 97.8 cm)
SignatureSigned and dated lower right: Et. aubry, 177[5 or 3]
Credit LineThe Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 32-167

Scholarly research and commentary to be published in 2023.