Wood engraving by W. J. Palmer
3¾ x 2¾ inches
Illustration for Milton’s Hymn on Christ’s Nativity, 1868, p.13.
Moore at his most austere, with the formal elements reduced to a startling simplicity and directness. Though nominally a grieving figure, the illustration invites the viewer to read it as a patterned arrangement of lines and shapes in which the arabesques created by the drapery are contrasted with the repeated horizontals of the background: Aestheticism at its purest.
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