Saint Bride
© Estate of John Duncan. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Saint Bride 1913


  • Scottish Art
According to the legend of the Irish Saint Bride she was transported miraculously to Bethlehem to attend the nativity of Christ. Here two angels carry the white robed saint across the sea. The seascape reflects Duncan's fascination with the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Iona. The birds and seal provide an effective naturalistic foil for the supernatural angels overlapping the patterned border. Scenes from the life of Christ decorate the angel's robes, and may include the artist's self-portrait as the tiny clown (a holy fool) accompanying the procession of the magi on the leading angel's gown.

Glossary Open


In the New Testament, the wise men who travelled to Bethlehem to pay homage to the baby Jesus.


Art based on the observation of objects rather than on theoretical or stylistic concerns.

Magi, Naturalism


  • Acc. No. NG 2043
  • Medium Tempera on canvas
  • Size 122.30 x 144.50 cm (framed: 142.50 x 165.00 x 5.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1946