Maternity c1917 by British Painter Edmund Blair Leighton (1852 – 1922); was a historical genre painter that produced highly detailed, decorative and beautiful works of art. Leighton specialized in Regency and Medieval themes and exhibited his works annually at the British Royal Academy from 1878 to 1920.
This is a beautiful genre scene of a new young mother wearing a red dress and a blue hooded cape; that is sitting on a wooden bench in what looks like the hallway of a church with a new born baby in her arms in white clothing wrapped in a tan blanket.
By her left side on the bench is her wrapped up bundle, that has a part of a white cloth peering through a fold; and the bench is situated by an arched entrance way made up of columns and stone blocks, with a window that is fitted with a gate in the upper right portion of the scene.
As the young mother sits there on the bench a Nun wearing a black head piece with a white head and shoulder undergarment and a full length tan gown, holding an open prayer book and a Rosary hanging from her left side cast a look at the pair as she passes by.
This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.
Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org
Edmund was born to Caroline Leighton (née Boosey) and artist Charles Blair Leighton (1823 – 1855) in London England on September 21, 1852; and was educated at the University College School, which he left at the age of 15 to work for a tea merchant.
As he had an interest in art and wanted to study it; he enrolled at South Kensington and began taking lesson in the evening; and from there attended Heatherley’s School in Newman Street, London.
When he was 21 years of age he entered the Royal Academy of Arts, which was founded in 1768; and would later receive his first art commission doing monochrome illustrations for Cassell’s Magazine and its Book of British Ballads.
He exhibited his first painting titled: A Flaw in the Title in 1874 at the Royal Academy, which earned him 200 Pounds; and would exhibit his works annually for the next 40 years at the Royal Academy until 1920.
Edmund was an artist who paid great attention to detail and produced highly finished decorative historical artworks, that featured romanticized scenes of chivalry and women in medieval attire, that had great popular appeal.