Mary Ann Piper and her childrenca. 1826

by Augustus Earle

The children depicted in this painting are Thomas (b. 1816) dressed in black, William Sloper (b. 1822) who holds a drum and wears a tailored version of the frock and pantaloons boys wore until they were "breeched" around five years old, Eliza (b. 1818) who stands behind her mother, and Anne Christina Frances (b. 1820) who leans on the arm of her mother's chair. The girls are dressed in white muslin with pink sashes and coral necklaces.