The wild turtle doves

The wild turtle doves

Paul Woodroffe

Photomechanical reproduction of pen and ink drawing.

4½ x 3 inches

The Little Flowers of St. Francis , facing p. 72.

Woodroffe’s vision of the natural world has the sacramental intensity of Pre-Raphaelite illustration and painting. The scene shown here typifies his mediation of the spiritual and the purely factual, a juxtaposition which fuses the saint’s act of love as he saves the doves from the table with the microscopic treatment of the material details. [Continued below]

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Scanned image and text by Simon Cooke.

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