They guided you on your first steps, tucked you in at night and endlessly read your favourite story. Today we honour mothers

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  • Richard Hamilton, 'Mother and child' 1984

    Richard Hamilton
    Mother and child 1984
    Collotype and screenprint
    support: 612 x 569 mm
    Presented by Tate Members 2009 The estate of Richard Hamilton

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  • Thomas Struth, 'Hannah Erdrich-Hartmann and Jana-Maria Hartmann, Düsseldorf 1987' 1987

    Thomas Struth
    Hannah Erdrich-Hartmann and Jana-Maria Hartmann, Düsseldorf 1987 1987
    Photograph on paper
    image: 394 x 545 mm
    Purchased 1995
    © Thomas Struth

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  • David Hockney, 'Portrait of Mother III' 1985

    David Hockney
    Portrait of Mother III 1985
    Lithograph on paper
    image: 512 x 435 mm
    Presented by the artist 1993 David Hockney 2010

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  • Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, '5. See Mom? A Baby's Life is not all Sunshine' 1972

    Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
    5. See Mom? A Baby's Life is not all Sunshine 1972
    Screenprint, lithograph and mixed media on paper
    support: 389 x 283 mm
    Presented by the artist 1972 The Estate of Eduardo Paolozzi

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  • Joseph Clark, 'Mother's Darling' 1884

    Joseph Clark
    Mother's Darling 1884
    Oil on canvas
    support: 508 x 400 mm frame: 740 x 635 x 140 mm
    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1885

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  • Frederic George Stephens, 'Mother and Child' circa 1854

    Frederic George Stephens
    Mother and Child circa 1854
    Oil on canvas
    support: 470 x 641 mm frame: 680 x 842 x 56 mm
    Bequeathed by H.F. Stephens 1932

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  • Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 'Maternity' 1913, cast circa 1965-6

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
    Maternity 1913, cast circa 1965-6
    Bronze
    object: 279 x 260 x 197 mm, 9.7 kg
    Presented by Kettle's Yard Collection Cambridge 1966

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  • August Sander, 'Foster-mother' c. 1930

    August Sander
    Foster-mother c. 1930
    Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
    ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010

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  • British School 17th century, 'The Cholmondeley Ladies' circa 1600-10

    British School 17th century
    The Cholmondeley Ladies circa 1600-10
    Oil on wood
    support: 886 x 1723 mm frame: 1074 x 1914 x 100 mm
    Presented anonymously 1955

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  • August Sander, 'Widow with her Sons' c. 1921

    August Sander
    Widow with her Sons c. 1921
    Gelatin silver print on paper
    image: 258 x 190 mm
    ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010

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  • Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, 'Mrs James Wyatt Jr and her Daughter Sarah' circa 1850

    Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
    Mrs James Wyatt Jr and her Daughter Sarah circa 1850
    Oil on mahogany
    support: 353 x 457 mm frame: 575 x 677 x 68 mm
    Purchased 1984

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  • Sir Alfred Gilbert, 'Mother Teaching Child' 1881

    Sir Alfred Gilbert
    Mother Teaching Child 1881
    Stone
    object: 1035 x 673 x 660 mm, 505kg
    Bequeathed by H.L. Doulton 1931

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  • René Magritte, 'The Spirit of Geometry' 1937

    Ren Magritte
    The Spirit of Geometry 1937
    Gouache on paper
    support: 375 x 292 mm frame: 555 x 455 x 33 mm
    Presented by the Hon. Ivor Montagu 1966 ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

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  • Lucian Freud, 'The Painter's Mother IV' 1973

    Lucian Freud
    The Painter's Mother IV 1973
    Oil on canvas
    support: 273 x 186 x 16 mm frame: 350 x 264 x 35 mm
    Bequeathed by Simon Sainsbury 2006, accessioned 2008 The Lucian Freud Archive

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Our exploration of the mother and child bond includes David Hockney’s loving portrait of his mother, surreal parent and child role reversal and the presence of mum in difficult times.

View more artworks on the theme of mother and child in Tate’s collection.