T00389 MOTHER AND CHILD 1953
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).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II