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The Mirror
The Mirror
The Mirror
The Mirror
The Mirror

Photo credit: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

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A nude mother, sitting in a klismos-style chair, supporting her naked child by its shoulders as it leans back from her lap, playing with a mirror. A contemporary reviewer saw that 'the mother sees a reflection of herself' in her baby. This a preparatory relief for the marble version that would be the artist's diploma work for the Royal Academy of Arts, accepted April 1890. A clay model was started autumn 1889, and the marble carving from February–March 1890.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists







H 67.5 x W 72 x D 5 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Malcolm Donaldson, 1967

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Inscription description

HAMO THORNYCROFT. RA. / 1889 MOTHER AND CHILD / This bronze plaque is the work of Sir Hamo Thornycroft R.A. / Presented to the College by his / Donaldson Nephews and Niece.


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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, Greater London NW1 4RG England

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