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"Man Makes the Beads of Life but Woman Must Thread Them" c.1912-15

IU s. b.r. "FRANCES MACNAIR" CRE MACNAIR, Frances Macdonald; (English; 1873-1921) This watercolour is one of group of late works by Frances Macdonald McNair. Her composition presents a powerful allegory for the burden of motherhood. This interpretation was contrary to the prevalent, largely middle-class ideology that portrayed women as instinctive nurturers.