William Lindsay Windus Study of a Dead Child, the Artist’s Son 1860

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Artist
Title
Study of a Dead Child, the Artist’s Son
Date 1860
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 149 x 159 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by P.L. Teed 1937
Reference
N04885
Not on display

Display caption

William Windus’s first child died in 1860, aged seven months. He’s shown here wrapped in a man’s shirt, jacket and fur coat. The artist’s wife, Mary Tongue, also died prematurely, from cancer, in 1862.Windus was a Liverpool artist who discovered Pre-Raphaelitism in 1850 when he saw Millais’s Christ in the House of his Parents – also on display in this room. The artists associated with the movement were known for their intimate depictions of babies and children and death-portraits often served as private mementos.

July 2007

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