William Lindsay Windus

Study of a Dead Child, the Artist’s Son

1860

Artist
William Lindsay Windus 1822–1907
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.

Gallery label, July 2007

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