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Date made: 1914-1918
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: The calligraphy reads ‘To the virtue of His coming to the judgement of Doom’. Page eleven of bound volume.
Materials: watercolour on paper
Object name: book
Collection: Art Collection
ID number: 1958-0202/11

Page 11 of the bound volume of The Deer’s Cry at the Manx Museum.

At the recent talk on this page at the Manx Museum it was pointed out that the black curve at the centre of the page is not a colour that Knox uses much in The Deer’s Cry. It may represent the opening into the “outer darkness,” which in turn refers to one being cut off from God, and where there will be “wailing and gnashing of teeth”.

Below are my own subjective and personal thoughts which may help you think about this page, but the page may have had a totally different meaning to Archibald Knox.

In Christian belief, at the Day of Judgement, Jesus will judge who will be cast into “outer darkness” and who will be saved.

But wait a minute! This sounds like just doom and gloom!

However, is the light green sail like design, a book? – being the book (scroll) of life in which is written the names of those who will be saved. If it is, then all have a chance to be saved as the black comes before “HIS COMING TO THE JUDGEMENT OF DOOM.” It is for us all to decide between life and the outer darkness before Judgement Day.

The Archibald Knox Forum would like to hear your ideas, views, comments on any of the pages of The Deer’s Cry as, no doubt, there are many layers of meanings within the illuminated illustrations..