A Dead Child
British (English) School
Oil painting on panel, A Dead Child (thought to be one of the children of the 3rd Baronet and Lady Elizabeth Bedingfeld [died 1751]) by English School, circa 1600. A head-and-shoulders portrait of a dead child lying recumbent its head resting on a lace-edged pillow embroidered with leaves. The matching top sheet is turned back over a crimson coverlet. A wreath of flowers adorns the child's head and sprigs of yew are placed in its hands, lying on the coverlet. Flowers and more foliage (rosemary and rue?) are strewn about the bed which is framed by a pair of partly-drawn crimson curtains.White catalogue number '81' l.r.
In 1913 list, no. 81 as 'Dead Baby'; Part of the Bedingfeld collection; given to the National Trust by Sybil Lyne-Stephens, Lady Paston-Bedingfeld (1883 – 1985), 1961
Makers and roles
British (English) School, artist