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The present watercolour by George Clausen relates to two of his drawings that are now in the collections of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. All three were made in the years 1896-97 as studies for the painting, The Mother, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1898, as No 582 (and, though unlocated, is illustrated in RA Pictures, 1898, page 108). The theme may have been prompted by H H La Thangue’s Man with the Scythe (1896, Tate) and by contemporary concern in the press about infant mortality among the rural poor.
With thanks to Kenneth McConkey for his help in the compilation of this note.