On 6 March 1938 Jan Escher is born. Following George (1926) and Arthur (1928), he is the third son for Maurits and Jetta, an afterthought. Just as he did for Arthur, Escher creates the birth announcement himself.
A cradle with angels in 1928 and for Jan a cradle with sails at sea. Surrounded by birds and fish, just like in the prints Sky and Water I and II, which he would go on to produce later in 1938.