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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.
H 67.5 x W 72 x D 5 cm
gift from Malcolm Donaldson, 1967
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.