Painters Paintings Robert Braithwaite Martineau (1826–1869): Kit’s Writing Lesson, 1852, Oil paint …
Painters Work Robert Braithwaite Martineau (1826–1869): Equipment’s Writing Lesson, 1852, Oil paint on canvas, Tate Britain, London . .
This portray by Martineau displays a scene from Charles Dickens’ ‘The Outdated Curiosity Store’
Martineau paints the image of the kid each as studying and as learnt from. Equipment Nubbles stands Little Nell to information him. Nell is stitching as she oversees Equipment’s studying. Equipment wields the pen very clumsily certainly. Within the depth of his unavailing focus he relies upon completely upon the superior information of “his instructress”. Beneath that information, nevertheless, Nell herself shows in an acute kind the vulnerability of the kid; she isn’t any higher “fitted for struggles with the world” than her pet linnet in his hanging cage.
If the birdcage that Martineau has pointedly included within the portray focuses the stress between childhood as affording a protected haven and childhood as spelling limitation, the apples which sit in entrance of Equipment and Nell-his partly eaten, however hers as but untouched-indicate what an equivocal Eden they each inhabit, and the way fragile and fleeting a factor is the innocence of the kid.