This impressive photogravure is marked with numer 42, as part of the original portfolio with 50 photogravures of world-famous paintings by Jozef Israëls, published by Gebr. E.M. Cohen, Amsterdam and printed by Meissenbach & Riffarth, Berlin in 1904. It became famous after they start to call this mother, who is feeding her child, the 'Cottage Madonna'.
In 1904 the painting was part of the private collection of Alexander Young in London (ca. 1867). Now at Detroit Institute of Arts.
Photogravure is the term for a photomechanical process of printmaking, in which a photographic image is transferred to a metal plate that is then printed in intaglio.
Paper produced especially for this publication is watermarked "Jozef Israëls/ Uitgave van Gebrs. E & M Cohen/ Van Gelder Zonen".
The publishing house was established by members of Dutch bookselling and publishing dynasty, initially based in Arnhem and Nijmegen. The family was Jewish and the firm was liquidated following the rise of Nazism.