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Date made: 1914-1918
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: The calligraphy reads ‘God’s eye to look before me’. Page thirty-two of bound volume.
Materials: watercolour on paper
Object name: book
Collection: Art Collection
ID number: 1958-0202/32

This is Page 32 of the bound volume of The Deer’s Cry at the Manx Museum.

“God’s eye to look before me” with the illustration showing God the Trinity (three in one) at the top and, perhaps saying God’s eyes are everywhere? Is that taking the circles too literally? If we are looking down at a beetle shape with the head at the top, its multiple eyes are looking forward. However, when one looks at the head are the eyes not looking out from the picture? The colours are those of the earth, hills, sky and sea so is Knox saying wherever he goes God’s eyes will go before him and show him the correct way to go?

The words in the above paragraph are just my personal and subjective thoughts. Knox must have had so many ideas and thoughts behind this page and the other pages which, perhaps, we will never know.

The Archibald Knox Forum would like to hear your thoughts, ideas and comments on any of the pages from The Deer’s Cry.