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

The Sleeping Children (detail)

Cathedral, Lichfield

The naturalism of the depiction is enhanced by a breath of poetry. Both the embrace with which the younger girl turns to the older one for help and the snowdrops that she holds in her hand were details that stirred emotions in an age easily and willingly moved to tears.

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