This intimate scene shows a woman cradling a baby in front of a fireplace. The mother and child is a very traditional subject in Western art. However, in Underwood's image the clothes and furnishings emphasise the modernity and mundanity of the scene. In addition the age and appearance of the woman suggest that she is not actually the mother, but perhaps a nurse.
Leon Underwood was a sculptor, painter, wood engraver and writer. He founded his own art school in London in 1921.
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