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Trial motifs, The Deer’s Cry (St Patrick’s Hymn)
Date made: 1914-1918
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: Page fifty-six of bound volume. Unfinished.
Measurements: overall: 31.8 cm x 25.7 cm
Materials: watercolour on paper
Object name: book
Collection: Art Collection
ID number: 1958-0202/56

We come to the final page of The Deer’s Cry.

This is Page 56 of the bound volume of The Deer’s Cry at the Manx Museum.

It is an unfinished page and has been entitled “Trial motifs.” The illustrations show the way in which Knox tried out different ideas in pencil, probably many times over. These are possibly trial motifs for one page to illustrate Christ’s birth? Are the tightly bound circular forms baubles? Are they snowflakes? What does the circle near the bottom with “WITN” mean or is it an unfinished motif that will say “WITNESS?”

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.