This is a sweet family scene celebrating the birth of a little boy. The scene features the baby boy in an elaborate cradle, his mother and his guardian angels. You can see the joy on the mother and son's faces and the watchful concern and joy on the angel's faces. The details on the folding screen are crib are wonderful.
I have not directly translated the words in the upper right, but they loosely convey the joyful birth of her firstborn son, the presence or wish for him to be guarded by Angels and general celebration. The words on the back are also quite interesting as they were written by Anna, the baby's daughter, explaining this was a drawing of her father and her grandmother, celebrating the birth of her firstborn child.
It is signed Th Rasmussen, 1895, Berlin.
Size: App 9 1/2" x 11" frame, 9 1/2" by 8" viewable.
Most of Rasmussen's works were in other mediums. The intimate nature of the scene, the use of an artist's notepad and graphite and the personalization of the description on the front implies he knew the family and was invited into their home.
The sketch was reframed at some point as the paper shows some wear and tear from age and handling, as does the frame, but the note on the back is probably the reason it has not been since reframed.