10/7/10

George Frederic Watts, Death Crowning Innocence


Tate Gallery, London

Date: 1886-7; presented by the artist 1897
Technique: Oil on canvas, 1283 x 800 mm

This painting, in some ways a representative Victorian work, must be seen in the context of thse high infant and child mortality of the period. Like George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind, Charles Kingsley's Water Babies, and Holman Hunt's The Triumph of the Innocents, it offers comfort and reassurance to both parents and children.

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