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In this painting, Evelyn portrays two young boys resting against the Lady of the Night, whose cloak flies behind her in the wind. The children are allegorical representations of Sleep, who rests against the lady's knee, and Death, who stares out of the canvas holding an extinguished torch symbolic of the life force.
Mrs Stirling incorrectly published this work as 'Sleep and Dreams, the Children of Night' although the painting was titled 'Sleep and Death, the Children of Night' in the catalogue of the 1883–1884 exhibition, and the iconography is consistent with this interpretation.
De Morgan Collection
Sleep and Death: the Children of Night
oil on canvas
H 112.8 x W 75.8 cm