Mother and Child, a plaque by Robert Anning Bell RA RWS NEAC (1863-1933). 1897. Glazed ceramic panel in colored relief, 17” high x 8 ¼” wide, from the Della Robbia Pottery, Birkenhead, now in a private collection. In the middle is the plaque in its frame. The illustration of it on the right is from The Studio (see below).

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Art at the New English Art Club 1897. Special issue of The Studio. London: 1897, p. 64. Internet Archive digitized version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library. [Note: many other issues of the journal deal with Bell's work, from 1893-1908, and also in October 1918, see pp. 27-28.]

Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983 (see pp.86-87, on Bell's plaster reliefs).

Hyland, Peter. The Della Robbia Pottery Birkenhead 1894-1906. Antiques Collector’s Club Ltd., 2014 (see p. 147).

Rose, Peter. "The Coloured Relief Decoration of Robert Anning Bell." Decorative Arts Journal. Vol. 14 (August 1900): 16-23 (see Mother and Child here).

Sheldon, Julie, ed. The Della Robbia Pottery. Liverpool: The Liverpool Press, 2015.

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