Possibly after a model by Guillaume Dupré French
Not on view
The wet nurse holds in her lap a swaddled baby wearing a quilted head protector. The composition may conform to a pair of figures reportedly given in 1608 by Henri IV’s infant son, Nicolas Henri de France, duc d’Orléans (1607–1611), to his betrothed, Marie de Bourbon (1605–1627). Similar nurses with swaddled babies appear in paintings of bathing noblewomen by the court artist François Clouet (ca. 1516–1572) and his followers.