Watercolour and bodycolour; signed.
40 x 29 inches
This picture is laden with symbolism about the peace after the Great War, and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1919. The father of the child is not present, perhaps killed. The red of the mother’s dress may refer to the blood spilt. The mother and child sit at a spring, as it were life rising again above the barren landscape beyond, while the kingfisher nearby, also known as a halcyon, is an ancient symbol of peace. The full moon, long associated with feminine cycle, suggests fertility - the future is quite definitely female in this painting.