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Relief - Mother and Child
  • Mother and Child
    Tweed, John, born 1869 - died 1933
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Mother and Child

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    London (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    after 1894 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tweed, John, born 1869 - died 1933 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze with green patination

  • Museum number:

    A.27-2005

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 21, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 2

The composition of John Tweed's bronze is inspired by and closely resembles in form, content and spirit, Auguste Rodin's The Young Mother for which the Museum holds a plaster sketch (Museum no. A.25-1924). Tweed admired Rodin's work greatly and was a staunch supporter of Rodin in England. He visited him over many years and became known as the 'English Rodin'. Tweed played a vital role in raising funds by public subscription to purchase the monumental bronze St John the Baptist by Rodin for the Museum in 1902 (Museum no. 601-1902) and negotiated with the Museum over Rodin's gift in 1914 of eighteen of his finest works. Tweed and his family frequently stayed at Rodin's studio in Meudon, the Villa des Brillants, and Rodin stayed with the Tweed family in Chelsea when visiting London.

Physical description

The naked mother, seated at the left and shown in profile, gazes at her naked baby which she holds directly in front of her, her arms supported on her thighs. Both figures are set in a grotto-like surround. The rectangular relief stands on two bronze supports. These appear to be of the same date as the object, but cast separately and fixed to the base of the relief.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, made)

Date

after 1894 (made)

Artist/maker

Tweed, John, born 1869 - died 1933 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze with green patination

Marks and inscriptions

'Tweed'
Signed at bottom left

Dimensions

Height: 24 cm, Width: 24 cm, Depth: 9.2 cm including support, Weight: 5.92 kg, Weight: 5.9 kg

Object history note

The composition of Tweed's bronze is inspired by and closely resembles in form, content and spirit, Auguste Rodin's The Young Mother. The Museum has a plaster sketch of Rodin's composition (Museum no. A.25-1924), bequeathed to the Museum by Sir Claude Phillips.
This relief was purchased for 4,800 in 2005.

Historical context note

This bronze demonstrates Rodin's influence on the next generation of sculptors, many of whom visited his studio in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth.

Descriptive line

Relief, cast bronze, 'Mother and Child', by John Tweed, Britain, after 1893

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

Williamson, Paul, ‘Recent Acquisitions (2000-06) of sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London’, in: The Burlington Magazine, CXLVIII, December, 2006, p. 894, fig XIV

Labels and date

The composition is inspired by Rodin's 'Young Mother'. Like many young artists, Tweed revered Rodin. He visited him over many years and became known as the 'English Rodin'. A champion of Rodin's work in Britain, he was largely responsible for negotiating with the V&A Rodin's gift of eighteen major works in 1914. [March 2007]

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Cast

Subjects depicted

Mother; Grottoes; Love; Infant

Categories

Birth; Children & Childhood; Sculpture; Reliefs; Scotland

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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