Isabel was a very energetic child. She used the house as a climbing frame. She used me as a climbing frame. It was difficult to cope with in the confines of our small homes. She’d be bouncing off the walls and I’d be bouncing off the walls.

Kate Retford writes about 18th century British family portraits (they are the template really for so much that is still among us) and how the portrait was a form of self fashioning where you establish your family status and conform to ideas of what the family is. This is what family is.