This is a very fine original oil on panel painting by Belgium artist Theodore Gerard (1829-1895) This interior scene of a mother and her children is titled: "Tea", the painting is signed "The Gerard, 1865" in the lower right corner. The painting measures 22X28 inches. On the back of the panel is written: "'The. Gerard Je soussigné déclare que le tableau ci conte est original. Bruxelles Décembre 1865.' , it translates to Gerard 1, the undersigned declare that this work is original Dec. 1865" The painting is in a modern custom frame. Theodore Gerard was an engraver and painter of genre scenes. He traveled throughout Germany, Austria and Hungary, but settled in Brussels in 1863. He taught painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. He was awarded medals at exhibition in Philadelphia (1870), London (1871), Vienna (1873) and Brussels (1875).