William Lindsay Windus

Study of a Dead Child, the Artist’s Son

1860

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On display at Tate Britain

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

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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