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A Water Baby

Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A circular painting set on the coast. A nymph, naked except for a thin strip of seaweed draped across her lower body, opens a large oyster shell, perched on a rocky outcrop, which extends into the sea. A naked baby lies inside the shell, asleep, its legs pulled up to its stomach, and its arms wrapped around its chest, with curly dark hair. The nymph stands in profile to the right, up to her knees in the sea, her long dark hair falling over her left shoulder.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester


Date

c.1900

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 68.5 x W 68.5 cm

Accession number

1900.12

Acquisition method

purchased from the artist, 1900

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

Signed, blc: HERBERT DRAPER


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Manchester Art Gallery

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