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This boisterous family is making a lot of noise: the father sings at the top of his lungs while raising a glass; the mother and grandmother chime in; and the children are either blowing into a wind instrument or smoking a long pipe. The note hanging from the mantelpiece gives away the moral of the story: ‘As the old sing, so shall the young twitter.’ What will become of the children if their parents set the wrong example?

Details

  • Title: The Merry Family
  • Creator: Steen, Jan Havicksz.
  • Date Created: 1668
  • Physical Dimensions: doek
  • Rights: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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