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Oil painting - The Young Mother
  • The Young Mother
    Cope, Charles West RA, born 1811 - died 1890
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The Young Mother

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1845 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on a gesso ground on panel

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 82, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case WEST WALL

Cope often painted domestic scenes. Although nursing mothers were seldom portrayed in 19th-century art, the critics admired this work. One described it as ‘a simple subject, which is treated with infinite sweetness’. The artist sold several paintings to John Sheepshanks, who was a friend of his father.

Physical description

Oil on a gesso ground on panel entitled 'The Young Mother', depicting a woman seated on a dark red, leather chair. She is pictured full-length, in profile, breast-feeding a baby dressed in long white robes.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1845 (painted)


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

Materials and Techniques

Oil on a gesso ground on panel

Marks and inscriptions

'C W Cope 1845'
Signed and dated by the artist, lower right


Height: 30.5 cm estimate, Width: 25.4 cm estimate

Object history note

Given by John Sheepshanks, 1857

Descriptive line

Oil painting entitled 'The Young Mother' by Charles West Cope. Great Britain, 1845.

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

Parkinson, R., Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 46


Oil paint; Gesso; Panel


Oil painting

Subjects depicted

Motherhood; Breast-feeding




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