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A mother and child; the woman standing facing left and holding the child who is wrapped in drapery and faces the viewer.
Pen and grey ink with grey wash on watermarked laid paper
Verso: Part of a sketch of a head, graphite.
- Production date
- 1775-1826 (about)
Height: 180 millimetres
Width: 124 millimetres
- Not on display
- Some discolouration around the sheet which has been folded along the lower edge.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The drawing was sold in an anonymous sale at Christie's in 1948 where it was presumably purchased by James Byam-Shaw.
Acquired by the British Museum in a card mount with a border around the drawing in a pale brown tone.
The back of the drawing's frame was acquired with the Christian collection and is inscribed in Byam Shaw's handwriting (above):
"John Flaxman (1755-1826)
bought in a group of drawings which belonged to the sculptor Thomas Woolmer and was bought from his family by a Dr Colgate in 1919- at Sotheby's 1948 JBS"
"Thomas Woolmer RA (1825-1892) was one of the original Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 and contributed poems to the PRB journal The Germ. I have a copy of his poems (My Beautiful Lady) given by him to my mother in the year of his death 1892, JBS."
"For our dear friend John Christian from Christina and James Dec 5 1991- Byam Shaw."
The board has been retained with John Christian's archive.
This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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