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19 March 2021

This is the saddest breastfeeding image imaginable. It is so beautifully made (look at the folds of material!) and so heartrending. It's an 1821 memorial, by the sculptor Francis Chantrey in St Mary's Church, Waterperry, Oxfordshire, to Anna Maria Rooke Greaves who died in childbirth at the age of 27 leaving a  baby of six months. And a husband.

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