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Mother and Child

GILL, Eric (1882 - 1940)

Mother and Child

Date: 1910

Media: portland stone

Size: 62.0 cm

Acquired: 1983; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 312

The style of this carving reveals Gill's study of Romanesque art. Its subject may have been suggested by the birth of his daughter Joanna in February 1910. Included in the artist's first exhibition in 1911, Roger Fry wrote of it: 'has anyone ever looked more directly at the real thing and seen its pathetic animalism as Gill has? Merely to have seen what the gesture of pressing the breast with the left hand means, as he has, seems to be a piece of deep imagination'.

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