A mother giving birth to a baby. Oil painting, 1800.
About this work
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
1 painting : oil on paper laid down on wood ; paper 44.1 x 56.6 cm
Wellcome Library no. 44694i
No Swedish or Finnish artist is known to have painted pictures resembling this one. The painting might be by a French painter in Sweden