The Geography Lesson (Portrait of Monsieur Gaudry and His Daughter)

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Oil on canvas painting by Louis-Léopold Boilly.  Painted in 1812, this painting is currently located at the Kimbell Art Museum.  Louis-Léopold Boilly was a genre painter during the Napoleonic era.  This painting shows family friend, Monsieur Gaudry, a civil servant, instructing his daughter in geography.  The sphinx and pyramid in the cartouche of the map probably refer to Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition of 1798-1801; the globe is displaying the continents of Europe and Africa.



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