Date made: 1914-1918
Artist: Knox, Archibald
Description: The calligraphy reads ‘Against poison, burning, drowning, wound, death’. Page forty-six of bound volume.
Materials: watercolour on paper
Object name: book
Collection: Art Collection
ID number: 1958-0202/46

This is Page 46 of the bound volume of The Deer’s Cry at the Manx Museum.

“Against poison, burning, drowning, wound, death.” From Page 45 St. Patrick is asking Christ to protect him against all the perils that are listed on today’s page. Yellow to represent poisoning as in earlier pages, oranges and browns to represent burning. Are the superimposed “A”s forming the vault of a church as the design of the bishop’s mitre on page 31 seems to suggest? Are the yellows and oranges and other colours at the top of the “A”s reminiscent of light coming through a stained glass window?

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.