John Stuart, the 3rd Earl of Bute, paid the artist Johan Zoffany to paint this portrait of his three sons in 1763. The boys have left their bows and arrows on the ground and one of them has climbed a tree to find a bird’s nest. The boy’s brother is holding up his hat to collect the nest.
Can you see the boys’ poodle, waiting to join in the fun?
Do you enjoy climbing trees? What do you think happens next in this painting? Will the poodle eat the eggs? Will the boys shoot anything with their bows and arrows?