Catalogue entry

T00389 MOTHER AND CHILD 1953

Not inscribed.
Bronze, 20×9×9 1/4 (51×23×23·5).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960.
Coll: Purchased by the Friends of the Tate Gallery from the artist 1960.
Exh: Another cast: Leicester Galleries, February–March 1954 (5, repr.).
Lit: Read, II, 1955, No.41, the plaster repr.; Neumann, 1959, p.117, another cast repr. pl.91; Grohmann, 1960, p.143.

An additional cast, over and above the original seven (plus one artist's copy). The maquette dates from the previous year, 1952 (8 1/2 in. high; repr. Read, op. cit., No.40). One of a group of small bronzes of the earlier 1950s showing a mother and child in an active relationship, very different from his earlier treatments of the theme; other examples are ‘Rocking Chair’, Nos.1, 2 and 3, of 1950 (repr. Read, op. cit., Nos.5–7), and ‘Ladderback Rocking Chair’ and ‘Mother and Child on Ladderback Chair’, both of 1952 (repr. Read, op. cit., Nos.42–3).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II