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Date made: 1914-1918
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: The calligraphy reads ‘Christ with me’. Page forty-eight of bound volume.
Materials: watercolour on paper
Object name: book
Collection: Art Collection
ID number: 1958-0202/48

This is Page 48 of the bound volume of The Deer’s Cry at the Manx Museum.

Christ is represented by a large cross with a “T”. According to the work and analysis of Marshall Cubbon (Please see Dr, Stephen Martin’s book on Archibald Knox, 2001 on page 166 ) “this form of abbreviation was doubtless derived :(by Knox) from early Celtic manuscripts (such as the Book of Kells, The Book of Durrow or the Lindisfarne or Lichfield Gospels) with which he was certainly familiar.” If you read on there is more about Knox’s free-flowing cross etc.

Christ is obviously the dominant part of the picture. Are the blue and green showing the world? Is the blue for royalty? The links between Christ and the world are very strongly shown on the page. Although the “with me” is not immediately clear (imagine you did not have the words of the verse in front of you) it is holding on and not totally fallen – and Christ is there making sure “me” does not fall.

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