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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: The mother with her child lying very still

Caption:
The mother with her child lying very still
Artist:
Elvery, Beatrice
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Three colour process
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Purdon, Katherine Frances
Title of Publication:
Candle and crib
Publisher:
Maunsel and Co.
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1914
Curator Comment:
This illustrated volume of ‘The Candle and Crib’ written by Katherine Francis Purdon, was published in 1914 by Maunsel & Co., Ltd., and is one of a series of important Irish revivalist volumes produced by the company. The cover is illustrated in black-and-white and there are four colour illustrations inserted within the text, the present example being the final one.
Note on artwork:
The mother sleeps, propped up against some straw, her child on her lap, her face turned forward and illuminated by the candle in the bottom left corner. An ass and a cow look towards the woman, their heads lowered. The unmistakeable resemblance to the nativity of Christ conveys the theme of the story, of which it marks the climax.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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