Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Close
'Take your Son, Sir'

Photo credit: Tate

How you can use this image

CC BY-NC-ND

This image is available to be shared and re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence.

You can reproduce this image for non-commercial purposes and you are not able to change or modify it in any way.

Wherever you reproduce the image you must attribute the original creators (acknowledge the original artist(s) and the person/organisation that took the photograph of the work) and any other rights holders.

Click on 'More information' for further guidance on using images from Art UK.

Visit the Creative Commons website to read the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence

 

Download

Notes

Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

This enigmatic picture shows the artist's second wife, Emma, and their new-born son. The pose is reminiscent of a traditional Madonna and child but the mother's strained expression suggests that this is not a celebration of marriage and motherhood. The domestic details of the room are indicative of a contemporary-life subject in which this could be a kept woman offering her illegitimate child to its father, the figure reflected in the mirror.

Tate Britain

London


Date

?1851-92

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 70.5 x W 38.1 cm

Accession number

N04429

Acquisition method

Presented by Miss Emily Sargent and Mrs Ormond in memory of their brother, John S. Sargent 1929

Work type

Painting


Tags

You can help us tag artworks on Tagger. The tags above come from the public, and also from an image recognition project run by the Visual Geometry Group, University of Oxford.

Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue