Mother and Child

Eric Gill, 1882 - 1940

Mother and Child

Eric Gill 1882 - 1940


Seated female nude on stool, breast-feeding young son. Her hair is in a bun at the back of her neck. Square wooden base.

Display Label

Gallery text panel Spiritual Religious objects are often admired for their beauty. Whether they are intended for prayer or worship, it is the job of the artist or craftsperson to use their earthly skills and the materials available, to create objects with spiritual resonance. Images of religious figures are especially important. They are designed to inspire and guide us in prayer, whilst also expressing deeper spiritual meanings. Such figures are often accompanied by emblems relating to the figures' spiritual journey, as well as symbolising their special attributes. Similarly, objects designed for ritual and worship are often decorated with symbolic images, sacred figures and sometimes even religious text. Although all the objects and figures on display probably have a deeper significance for some, they convey a universal sense of spirituality which can be appreciated by everyone.

Object Name

Mother and Child

Creators Name

Eric Gill


sculpture: 19cm x 9cm

accession number


Place of creation





Gift of Mr Charles Lambert Rutherston, 1925


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