The Geography Lesson (Portrait of Monsieur Gaudry and His Daughter), 1812. Louis Léopold Boilly (French, Romanticism, 1761-1845). Oil on canvas. Kimbell Art Museum.
Portrait depicts a paymaster in the French administration, Monsieur Gaudry, instructing his daughter in geography. The dog is “Brusquet.”
Historical geography was promoted as a field of study for both boys and girls in Napoleonic France, the maps of whose territories were subject to frequent revision with each new conquest.