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16 March 2021

'From the seventeenth century in Britain there was a proliferation of church monuments depicting mothers breastfeeding their infants.' At St Mary's, Chirk there is a monument by John Bushnell, c.1676, showing Sir Thomas Myddleton's wife Elizabeth who died when she was 22, several days after her only son was born. She is shown eternally feeding her baby from her right breast as she gazes out and down, away from the child, into the space of the congregation. 

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