God rest you, merry gentlemen

God rest you, merry gentlemen

Agnes P Manley (1867-1931)

Woodcut engraved by Manley

5½ x 3½ inches

A Book of Pictured Carols, 58

This illustration by Manley shows Gabriel, a ‘blessed angel’ delivering his tidings to the shepherds. Produced as a woodcut, it epitomizes the simplification of line that is found in illustrated incunabula. Space and perspective are flattened to create a linear pattern, although there is some modelling of the figures. [Commentary continues below].

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