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Anton Raphael Mengs (1728 to 1779), who is said to have been more learned than inspired, left a number of pictures, at least one of which has a pediatric interest. This hangs in the Prado in Madrid and is a portrait of two children, evidently of the nobility. It illustrates fairly well what the very rich provided in the way of show clothes for their children. The baby with a teething ring in its hand sits in a fine little arm chair with a restraining board, which, for purposes of the artist, has been put on a stand. The head is covered with a cap not unlike those seen today. The older child is dressed in a long gown of stiff satin and fingers a jeweled order. The cap is tied snugly about the head. The children of the very rich were as handicapped in those days as they are
RUHRÄH J. THE INFANT'S CHAIR. Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(6):1339. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960130163014