- Sir Alfred Gilbert 1854–1934
- Object: 1035 x 673 x 660 mm, 505kg
- Bequeathed by H.L. Doulton 1931
N04586 MOTHER TEACHING CHILD 1881
White marble, 40 3/4×26 1/2×26 (103.5×67.5×66).
Bequeathed by Henry Lewis Doulton 1931.
Coll: Sir Henry Doulton (d. 1897); his son Henry Lewis Doulton.
Lit: Monkhouse in Magazine of Art, 1889, pp.1–5, repr.; M. H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-day, 1901, p.76, repr. p.77; McAllister, 1929, p.57, repr. pl.3; Cox, 1936, p.11; Bury, 1952, p.70.
This work was commissioned in Rome in 1881 by Sir Henry Doulton. McAllister (1929, at pl.3) dates the work 1879, but a manuscript biography of Sir Henry Doulton by Sir Edmund Gosse, in the possession of Desmond Eyles of Doulton & Co. Ltd, appears to be conclusive evidence for the later date. Spielmann says that the model for the mother was the artist's servant and that the child was the artist's second son Alfredo. The servant was also the model for the early ‘Study of a Head’ (repr. Bury, 1952, pl.3). Cox (1936, p.11) suggests that the marble group was made as a challenge to the ‘Mother of the Gracchi’ by Gilbert's old master, Cavelier.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
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