Cecile Walton

Romance - Cecile Walton, 1891 - 1956 (With her children Edward and Gavril)

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The title of the painting is ironic. Walton depicts herself holding up her new-born son, Edward, for intense scrutiny, whilst her elder boy, Gavril, aged 5, looks on. The image of mother and baby is usually associated with the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus but this picture, which deliberately echoes a well-known impressionist image of a prostitute - Olympia by Edouart Manet, suggests a more uneasy attitude to motherhood. The carefully placed details - petals on the floor, the apple - add to the sense of unease.

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  • title:
    Romance - Cecile Walton, 1891 - 1956 (With her children Edward and Gavril)
  • accession number:
    PG 2995
  • artist:
    Cecile WaltonScottish (1891 - 1956)
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1920
  • measurements:
    100.60 x 150.90 cm (framed: 109.40 x 160.20 x 7.62 cm)
  • credit line:
    Given anonymously 1995
  • copyright:
    © The Family of the Artist
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Cecile Walton

Cecile Walton