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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