The Child's Prayer, from "Illustrated London News"

Engraver William Luson Thomas British
After Henry Le Jeune British

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A young girl kneels by a bed to pray in a humble room under the eaves. Linton's wood engraving reproduces a work by Le Jeune who, at the start of his career focused on biblical and literary subjects, then turned mostly to genre paintings of children. After entering the Royal Academy Schools in 1834, Le Jeune exhibited "Joseph Interpreting the Dream of Pharoah's Chief Butler" at the Academy in 1840 and, the next year won a gold medal for "Samson Bursting his Bonds." Between 1845 and 1864 he taught first at the Government School of Design, then at the Royal Academy, also becoming curator to the latter institution. "The Child's Prayer" combines his early interest in religious subjects with later skills at portraying children.

The Child's Prayer, from "Illustrated London News", William Luson Thomas (British, London 1830–1900 Chertsey, Surrey), Wood engraving

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