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This plaster cast of four hands and one foot was taken from two friends of the artist: Rosamond Bernier, a renowned lecturer and former fashion editor at Vogue, and her husband John Russell, a prominent art critic. The large wooden plinth was made from part of an old pier. Bourgeois made several drawings and sculptures of pairs of hands throughout her career as a symbol of a caring, nurturing relationship, often that of a parent and child. ‘Hands in particular are as revealing to her as faces’, Bernier recalled in her autobiography.