Is this post-mortem? The mother's hands offer no support to her child. Even the one behind her back is curled into a fist. The natural position would have been to open-handedly lend support, as well as the mother's loving touch. The only thing is that the mother's face looks very alive.
Carte-de-visite portrait of Edmonia Lewis (1845-1890), African American Sculptor. Lewis, the first famous American sculptor of African descent, had a Chippewa mother and a free black father. After being orphaned at age twelve, she was adopted by abolitionist parents and eventually developed into an accomplished Neo-classical sculptor. While in Rome, she worked and exhibited with the likes of Harriet Hosmer. #Victorian #women #artists
MOMA- Woman Holding Baby Before Sculpture and Drawings on Wall] Unknown Artist Date:1900s–1910s Medium: Gelatin silver print Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.6 cm (6 1/2 x 4 9/16 in.) Classification: Photographs Credit Line: Walker Evans Archive, 1994 Accession Number: 1994.263.175