In these portraits, the young girls are standing in a safe interior, but just on the threshold of more dangerous nature, which is visible in the background.
1625 Unknown Artist of the Dutch school, Girl with cherries & doll. She is on the verge of nature, but it is nature controlled as a formal garden.
1629 Unknown artist of the Dutch School Two Little Dutch Children in an interior with a view of Nature, Aprons, Holding Apples, Cherries, & a Straw Bag. Children holding fruit combined with the glimpse out a window suggests that they might be spending some time outdoors gathering fruit.
1631 Unknown artist Sarra de Peyster in an interior. Inscription [at upper left] Sarra Depeyster AEtatis 30 Maenden 23 Mey 1631 The child here is holding a precious tulip. Tulipmania was a frenzied period in Dutch history, from 1620 to 1637, when speculation in tulip bulbs went wild. The prices went to astronomical levels - up to the equivalent of £1.3million per bulb.
1632 Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn (Dutch painter, 1572-1657) Portrait of Joannes de Ruyter, 1632 - Princess Salimah Aga Khan. This child is clearly in a safe interior surrounded by toys & holding a bird, but in the background gardeners work in the formal garden just beyond the view.
1657 Jan Jansz. de Stomme (Dutch painter, 1615-c 1657) Portrait of Evert en Reint Lewe with hats & coral necklaces. The very controlled nature of a large formal garden can be seen out the window.