Shepherd Boy Playing Bagpipes

about 1754
François Boucher (French, 1703–1770)


Overall: 55.2 x 49.8cm (21 3/4 x 19 5/8in.) Framed: 72.7 x 66.7 x 6.7 cm (28 5/8 x 26 1/4 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Charles C. Cunningham Gallery (Gallery 247)





Playful pastoral scenes, like the one in this painting, feature prominently in the designs Boucher created for tapestries, prints, and porcelain services. This image of a little shepherd boy playing the bagpipes to a small spaniel was reproduced in a wide array of forms. In addition to etchings and copies, the motif was used for a series of tapestries called Boucher’s Children created by the Parisian Gobelins manufactory. It was also adapted into a porcelain figure and a design for the top of a snuffbox.


Baron Adolphe de Rothschild (b. 1823 - d. 1900), Paris. Vicomte Jacques de Causon, Paris. S.J. Frank, New York; sold by Frank to to William Salomon (b. 1852 - d. 1919), New York; April 5, 1923, Salomon estate sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 381, to Otto Bernet, New York [see note 1]. By 1928, Alvan Tufts Fuller (b. 1878 - d. 1958), Boston; 1959, to the Alvan T. Fuller Foundation, Inc.; 1961, gift of the Fuller Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 20, 1961) NOTES: [1] He may have been buying for Alvan Tufts Fuller.

Credit Line

Given in memory of Governor Alvan T. Fuller by the Fuller Foundation