CHANTREY, Sir Francis Legatt
(b. 1781, Norton, d. 1841, London)

The Sleeping Children

Cathedral, Lichfield

In 1815 the sculptor received the commission from Mrs Ellen Robinson for a monument to her daughters who had died in a fire. Chantrey had taken a death mask of one daughter, but this was only for orientation in the facial form. The children do indeed lie there as if they could be awoken at any moment.

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