On 8 December 1928 Arthur Eduard Escher was born, the second son to Maurits and Jetta. Arthur (named after Jetta’s father) was preceded by George in 1926 and followed by Jan in 1938. It was a complicated delivery and Jetta had to stay in hospital for several weeks. Just as he would do for Jan ten years later, Escher made a woodcut dedicated to the birth. He also made photos of the newborn and his brother.
Arthur was baptised by father Constanza, who did the same for George two years before. In Eschers baptism photo Jettas mother cradles her grandson. In the backgrounds prints of Eschers latest woodcut can be seen: The submerged cathedral
That same month Escher created a woodcut depicting his son, using rather bold colours.