Catalogue entry

George Stubbs 1724–1806

T00785 Mother and Child 1774

Inscr. ‘Geo: Stubbs pinxit 1774’ b.c.
Enamel on copper, circular, diam. 12 (30.5).
Presented by the Sabin Galleries Ltd. through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1965.
Coll: Mary Spencer, the artist’s mistress, sold by Peter Coxe at 24 Somerset Street, 27 May 1807 (90); H. E. Backer, sold 1948/9 to Basil Taylor, sold to Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd. 1960/1; offered anonymously, Sotheby’s, 7 July 1965 (128), bt. in by Manderson; subsequently sold to the Sabin Galleries Ltd.

The Catalogue of Mary Spencer’s sale states that this is a version of a larger painting of the same subject, presumably the ‘Mother with her Infant asleep’, No. 64 on the same day of the sale. Stubbs began experimenting with enamel painting in 1771 at the suggestion of Richard Cosway. A companion piece, ‘Hope nursing Love’, dated 1774, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1965–1966, London 1967.