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A dog sniffs at a heap of dead birds on the floor, but the focus of this quiet scene seems to be on the young woman cradling her baby. She looks down at the creatures, her expression shuttered. The picture was originally quite different: beneath the birds, which were added during the nineteenth century, is the figure of a wounded man, probably a soldier.
A Man with Dead Birds, and Other Figures, in a Stable
Oil on oak
H 53.5 x W 49.7 cm
Presented by F.N. and O.S. Ashcroft in memory of their parents, 1924