Watercolour and bodycolour; signed.
40 x 29 inches
Royal Academy, 1919, no 724
Julian Machin, London<
This picture, laden with symbolism about peace in the aftermath of the Great War, was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1919. The father of the child in the painting is absent, perhaps killed. The red of the mother’s dress may refer to the blood spilt. The mother and child sit at a spring, as if life is 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.