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Oil painting - Mother and child
  • Mother and child
    Cope, Charles West RA, born 1811 - died 1890
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Mother and child

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    1852 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cope, Charles West RA, born 1811 - died 1890 (painters (artists))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on gesso on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cope was a Roman Catholic and this seems to have been reflected in his preference for religious subjects, and for icons of motherhood such as this. Clearly the 'Virgin and Child' archetype stands behind his repeated versions of mother and baby. To some extent the role of mother is idealized, but at the same time Cope shows a real insight into the tender bond between mother and baby. This is a good example of his ability to capture the intimacy of a private moment, and the young mother's happiness.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


1852 (painted)


Cope, Charles West RA, born 1811 - died 1890 (painters (artists))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on gesso on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'C W Cope 1852'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower left


Height: 36.2 cm estimate, Width: 25.4 cm estimate, Height: 610 mm frame, Width: 510 mm frame, Depth: 70 mm frame

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'Mother and Child' by Charles West Cope. Great Britain, 1852.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 50


Oil paint; Canvas; Gesso


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Children; Mothers; Chair


Paintings; Children & Childhood


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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