Title A mother giving birth to a baby. Oil painting, 1800.



Access Location Shelfmark Availability
 Online request  On Exhibition  Medicine man exhibition. Wellcome Collection. February 2015 onwards  DUE 31-08-17
Physical description 1 painting : oil on paper laid down on wood ; paper 44.1 x 56.6 cm
Credits No Swedish or Finnish artist is known to have painted pictures resembling this one. The painting might be by a French painter in Sweden
Lettering note Inscription on verso: "Åbo 1800", presumably meaning that the painting was produced in Åbo, Sweden (subsequently Turku in Finland) in 1800
Summary The painting is first recorded being carried under the arm of "a man" who was walking along the street in Stockholm. The proud father is on the left, the woman giving birth is in the centre, and on the right is a caricature of a midwife or wisewoman. Right, a standing figure pouring water into a bowl: she may be a personification of Hygiene, as a similar figure appears on a Wedgwood plaque of the goddess Hygieia. At the same time she is the maid who is preparing to wash the baby. The furniture is of an advanced neo-classical type: it would be slightly surprising if such furniture were in Åbo at the time
Cite as Wellcome Library no. 44694i
Note The neo-classical frame seems to be original
Lettering Åbo 1800
Topic-LCSH Childbirth.
Genre/Technique Oil paintings.
Copy photo no. V 17247
L 15387
System no. .b12025069
Record no. 44694i