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Page from 'The Christmas Story': 'The Star of Bethlehem' c.1895-6
CRE MACDONALD, Frances; (English; 1873-1921)
pencil, watercolour and gold paint on vellum with stiching in gold thread
32.2 x 23 (sh)
s. b.l. "FRANCES / MACDONALD."; inscr. c. "And lo/ the star/ which the/ shepards saw/ in the east/ went with/ them/ till it came/ and stood/ over where/ the young/ Child was"
This work has occasionally been incorrectly referred to as 'The Nativity'. The angel holds the star in her hands over the Virgin and Child's head to show the shepherds the way to Bethlehem. The dove above the angel represents the Holy Ghost watching over them.
An untraced metal panel almost identical to this design was exhibited at the 5th arts and Crafts Society exhibition, London, 1896, and illustrated in 'The Studio', IX, 1896, p. 203. See GLAHA 41552.
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