Jairus's Daughter. William Strang (1859-1921). Source: Furst 174. The raising of Jairus's daughter in Mark, Chapter 5, and elsewhere, is one of the miracles recorded in the New Testament. Jesus appears here as a shadowy figure to whom the girl's mother earnestly appeals, while the twelve-year-old girl herself lies on her deathbed with her luxurious hair spread out over the white pillow. The main focus is on the mother's face, not anxious but radiant with faith as she appeals to the mysterious figure who says simply "the damsel is not dead but sleepeth" (v.29). This was a popular subject for artists, often seen too in stained glass windows. The contrast between light and shade here makes Strang's work powerfully evocative.

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Furst, Herbert. "The Paintings of William Strang." The International Studio, Vol. 72 (November 1920-February 1921): 171-77. Intenet Archive. Contributed by Robarts Library, University of Toronto. Web. 8. August 2020.

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