Paintings of children by artist Zinaida Serebriakova who was from Russia but later moved to France. Living from 1884 to 1967, she was a niece of Alexandre Benois.

"Card house."
“Card house.” 1919. Collection of the State Russian Museum. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://getdailyart.com/22915/zinaida-serebriakova/house-of-cards
"At Breakfast." 1914.
“At Breakfast.” 1914. Oil on canvas. Collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. In the public domain in Russia because it was published before November 7, 1917. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1925. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zinaida_Serebryakova_(1914)_At_Breakfast.jpg
"Tata and Katia in the mirror." 1917.
“Tata and Katia in the mirror.” 1917. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via https://scontent.fnyc1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/s960x960/1801276_1483210678563924_7519758532685560633_o.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_eui2=AeHc3FTSOBMy87gTi86WOomtMZCVOZ1uW2rLMY7M2VhcVimQg5K8fOT_DeCQqLv-GzhLtG6jQl_wjxTWwiPEYjlGFuL1x8Pxko6-LD20tMahUA&_nc_ohc=2xNHTvZJ66gAX92Pkus&_nc_ht=scontent.fnyc1-1.fna&_nc_tp=7&oh=ee45422bebbed82e37a8b8bad4a3711e&oe=5EC4008F

More family portraits, these from the first half of the 20th century. British. Bernard Fleetwood-Walker, artist (1895-1963).

"The Family." No date.
“The Family.” No date. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via http://artcontrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/b-fleetwood-walker-of-birmingham.html
Mr and Mrs R H Butler and Their Daughters - 1936
“Mr and Mrs R H Butler and Their Daughters.” 1936. © Estate of the artist. Fair use license. via http://artcontrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/b-fleetwood-walker-of-birmingham.html
"Children." 1947.
“Children.” 1947. Oil on canvas. © Estate of the artist. Image courtesy wikioo.org. Fair use license. via https://wikioo.org/paintings.php?refarticle=AQS6PJ&titlepainting=Children&artistname=Bernard%20Fleetwood%20Walker

Portraits of children from a bit back. French. Jean-Baptiste Isabey, artist. Living from 1767 to 1855 he also did portraits of Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, and Josephine.

Portrait of Eustachine Jeanne Dosmond
Portrait of Eustachine Jeanne Dosmond. 1828. In the public domain due to age. via https://pixels.com/featured/portrait-of-eustachine-jeanne-dosmond-jean-baptiste-isabey.html
Portrait of a young boy. 1835.
Portrait of a young boy. 1835. Watercolor with gouache over a black pencil line. Image © Expertissim. Fair use license. via https://en.expertissim.com/jean-baptiste-isabey-1767-1855-portrait-young-boy-12151557
Portrait of Countess Rosa Festetics. 1835.
Portrait of Countess Rosa Festetics. 1835. Watercolor over pencil with white highlights on a chamois colored card. Image © Lempertz Auctions. Fair use license. via https://www.lempertz.com/fr/catalogue/lot/1132-2/1510-jean-baptiste-isabey.html

Children out and about and at least trying to have fun. 19th-century genre paintings by French artist Victor Gabriel Gilbert who lived from 1847 to 1933.

"New Tricks." Undated.
“New Tricks.” Undated. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://obiskusstve.com/1684961109858061030/gilbert-viktor-gabriel/
"Grape Tasting." Undated.
“Grape Tasting.” Undated. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://pixels.com/featured/grape-tasting-victor-gabriel-gilbert.html
"Picking Wildflowers." Undated.
“Picking Wildflowers.” Undated. Image ©2018 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Fair use license. via http://www.artnet.com/artists/victor-gabriel-gilbert/picking-wild-flowers-D3HLKRpVwyP1cLaaU0MjPA2
"Spectacle de danse." Undated.
“Spectacle de danse.” Undated. In the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Victor_Gabriel_Gilbert_-_spectacle_de_danse.jpg

An envisioning . . . 1925 and a sunny morning in the countryside outside Lyon .

Oh to be there.

The sun out and the flowers almost bouncing right out of the ground. The children out for a walk with nurse and a husband gone off on a walking tour of the Grand Massif.

Mother’s poetry notebooks and the chair by the door in the back garden next to where the plane trees head for the sky.

A joy it is. The war almost destroying everything. But all that done with and the business doing well. Having to interview to find two more maids not so fun but less work once they start. A housekeeper next or a chauffeur depending on how well the factory does. Every lady with any pretensions to be chic needing a flatter bust but not forever. No. Corsets before but not now. Needing to be able to change faster than a pebble can be skipped across the creek by a little boy down in the village.

A second glass of chicory water and another notebook gone through. All the way from Switzerland, they are. Mother remarried and her husband insisting on a new house with much given away.

The last notebook falling apart and its contents scattered across the grass like a deck of cards dropped by a child up in the day nursery. Notes scattered and some photographs.

But some older. A watercolor, it must be, from before they even had daguerrotypes. People who did the same but watercolors and sketches instead. But this one very grand. A little boy in plaid, not old enough to be breeched yet and standing in front of one of the chairs in the dining room.

Trying to remember . . .mother’s uncle, he must be. . . hard . . .dead with diphtheria at nine but no one breeched until they were four or five. . . .no . . . .healthy and happy and not knowing . . . .some things no  one wants to know . . . happy in the moment and all one ever really has . . .

Portrait of Nicholas Maximilianovich, Duke of Leuchtenberg, as a Child. 1844.
Portrait of Nicholas Maximilianovich, Duke of Leuchtenberg, as a Child. 1844. Watercolor on paper. Woldemar Hau, artist (1816-1895). Collection of the Museum of Tropinin and His Contemporaries, Moscow. In the public domain because the artist has been dead over 100 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nicholas_Maximilianovich_by_W_Hau_1844.jpg.

Princes in armor looking ready to melt. . .an unidentified commoner with pretensions, too . .

Charles II of Great Britain as Prince of Wales (detail). 1641.
Charles II of Great Britain as Prince of Wales (detail). 1641. Anthony Van Dyke, painter. Image © Sothebys, here. https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/two-rare-royal-van-dyck-portraits-lead-london-old-masters-sale. via https://adamfineart.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/armour-for-boys-van-dyck-the-prince-of-wales/.
Boy dressed in armor. 18th c. French.
Boy dressed in armor. 18th c. French. Oil on canvas. Artist not known. via http://www.kevinstoneantiques.com/product/18th-century-oil-canvas-french-boy-armor/.
Infante Balthasar Carlos of Spain. ca. 1639 and 1645.
Infante Balthasar Carlos of Spain. ca. 1639 and 1645. Oil on canvas. Attributed to Juan Bautista del Mazo. Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prins_Balthasar_Carlos_(1629-46)._Zoon_van_de_Spaanse_koning_Philips_IV_op_ongeveer_elfjarige_leeftijd_Rij.

All artwork in the public domain in the United States because the artists have been dead over 70 years.

Many more portraits of Charles II as a child in armor, too. Let us hope they weren’t all painted in the summer. I would assume that standing there for hours encased in steel wasn’t the best part of being Prince of Wales . .

All dressed up and waiting on a cab for seats in the front box at the holiday pantomime . . . .Sir James Jebusa Shannon, artist. Living from 1862 to 1923, he was born in America but made his fortune painting portraits in London.

"Purple Stocking." 1894.
“Purple Stocking.” 1894. Artwork in the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. Image flickr.com via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shannon,_Purple_Stocking,_1894.jpg.
"Jungle Tales." 1895.
“Jungle Tales.” 1895. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Artwork in the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. Image via https://www.weeklystandard.com/stephen-miller/shared-words
"Magnolia." 1899.
“Magnolia.” 1899. Artwork in the public domain because the artist has been dead over 70 years. Image jssgallery.org via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shannon_-_Magnolia.jpg

Three very warm looking if overly bundled up little ones all ready for winter. European. 17th and 18th century.

Portrait of Michiel van der Dussen. 17th c. Dutch.
Portrait of Michiel van der Dussen. 17th c. Dutch. Hendrick Cornelisz van Vliet, painter (1611-1675). Collection of the Rijks Museum Amsterdam. via https://dirkjanb.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/specialismen-gouddraadwerkers/
Portrait of twins. 18th c. Central European school. Unknown artist.
Portrait of twins. 18th c. Central European school. Unknown artist. via https://curiator.com/art/unknown/portrait-of-twins-central-european-school-18th-century.
Portrait of a Girl in Frisian Costume Holding a Rose and a Basket of Cherries. 1625-1650.
Portrait of a Girl in Frisian Costume Holding a Rose and a Basket of Cherries. 1625-1650. Dutch. Artist not known. Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. via https://www.mfa.org/collections/object/portrait-of-a-girl-in-frisian-costume-holding-a-rose-and-a-basket-of-cherries-32074.

All works in the public domain due to their age.

Portraits of children by Spanish painter Francisco Goya (1746-1828).

José Costa y Bonells (called Pepito). ca.1810.
José Costa y Bonells (called Pepito). ca.1810. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/61.259/
'La Beata', dueña de la duquesa de Alba, con los niños, Luis Berganza y María de la Luz. ca. 1795.
‘La Beata’, dueña de la duquesa de Alba, con los niños, Luis Berganza y María de la Luz. ca. 1795. Arango Collection, Madrid. via godsandfoolishgrandeur.blogspot.com and commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Beata_with_the_children,_Francisco_de_Goya.jpg.
Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga. 1787-1788.
Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga. 1787-1788. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. via commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Don_Manuel_Osorio_Manrique_de_Zunica.jpg.
Duke And Duchess Of Osuna And Their Children (detail). 1788.
Duke And Duchess Of Osuna And Their Children (detail). 1788. Collection of the Prado National Museum. via commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Los_duques_de_Osuna_y_sus_hijos.jpg.

All works in the public domain.

Portraits of children by American society portraitist Cecilia Beaux (1855-1942). All images in the public domain.

"A Little Girl". 1887.
“A Little Girl”. 1887. Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Image via the Boston Athenaeum. http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=25191
Ernesta_by_Cecilia_Beaux_1894
“Ernesta” (also known as Child with Nurse). 1894. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Image via upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4e/Ernesta_by_Cecilia_Beaux_1894.jpeg