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Terracotta - Peasant woman nursing a baby
  • Peasant woman nursing a baby
    Dalou, Aimé-Jules, born 1838 - died 1902
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Peasant woman nursing a baby

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1873 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dalou, Aimé-Jules, born 1838 - died 1902 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Babies Gallery, case FS

This is a terracotta group of a peasant woman nursing her baby made by Aimé-Jules Dalou (1838-1902) for James Staats Forbes, and given by his daughter Miss S. Mary Forbes to the Museum in 1912. While staying in London, Dalou exhibited in the Royal Academy, mostly subjects concerned with motherhood. There are also other versions of this subject by Dalou, including one formerly in the possession of Lady Wantage at Lockinge House, and now in the V&A (A.8-1993).

Physical description

Terracotta group representing a peasant woman nursing her baby. The woman is seated on an upturned wicker basket giving her left breast to the baby lying across her right thigh.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1873 (made)


Dalou, Aimé-Jules, born 1838 - died 1902 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions



Height: 126 cm

Descriptive line

Terracotta, Peasant woman nursing a baby. Made in England ca. 1873.

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

Albinson, Cassandra, Dalou in England: Portraits of Womanhood (1871-1879), exhibition leaflet, Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2008.
Diane Bilbey and Marjorie Trusted, 'British Sculpture 1470 to 2000', London, 2002, cat. no. 367 on p. 243.
'Exhibition of the Royal Academy', The Times, 3 May 1873, p. 12.
Cf. Rosenfeld. D., ed. European Painting and Sculpture, ca. 1770-1937, in the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, R.I. : The Museum, 1991. pp. 137-142.
Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven : Published for Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press, 1982. p. 302. pl. 364.
Cf. Bourgeois, Emile. Le biscuit de Sévres. II. Paris: Pierre Lafitte & Cie., 1912. no. 1045.
Alley, Ronald. The Foreign Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture. London: Tate Gallery, 1959. pp. 49-50.
Cf. British Sculpture 1850-1914. London: Fine Art Society, 1968. cat. no. D24.
Zaretskaia, Zinaida Vladimirovna and N. Kossareva. Sculpture de l'Europe occidentale à l'Ermitage. Leningrad: Avrora, 1970. nos. 148, 149.
[Exhibition Catalogue] Leighton and his Sculptural Legacy: British Sculpture 1875-1890. London: Joanna Barnes Fine Arts, 1996. p. 39. no. 10.
Butler, Ruth, et al. European Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century. Washington : National Gallery of Art ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000. p. 99. fig. 2.
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002. p. 243. cat. no. 367.
Trusted, Majorie. ed. The Making of Sculpture: the Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: V&A Publications, 2007. p. 46. pl. 79.






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