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Pediatrics in Art
November 1934


Am J Dis Child. 1934;48(5):1094. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960180148012

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There have been many devices contrived for aiding the child in learning to walk, and many of these have been depicted by various artists. One homely arrangement is shown here, as Rembrandt portrayed it in a simple but really remarkable print entitled "The Grandmother." Here one sees what has been used throughout the ages to help the child learning to walk. A piece of cloth is attached to the child's clothing in such a manner that it serves as a support when held. Curiously enough this is not much in use at the present time. This picture is in the Cabinet of Prints at Stockholm. Another picture by Rubens, a drawing, now in the Louvre, shows a child learning to walk, and the outstretched arms and uncertain gait are well portrayed. A somewhat similar support is seen coming from about the level of the shoulders.

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