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At the left above is part of the damaged and incomplete Life of the Virgin, with a very graceful female figure at the left showing well after restoration, and below it are the clearest scenes in the Infancy Cycle. On the left, painted as usual in unflinching detail, is the Massacre of the Innocents; a seated woman in a red robe holds out a baby, which is about to be seized by a mostly obscure soldier holding his sword in readiness above his head. Another soldier, with a scabbard slung at his hip is at the far right holding a child upside down by its foot.
Without a break, the Holy Family are shown making their escape further to the right. Mary, in a blue robe and holding the Christ Child, sits on a plodding yellow donkey, its reins held by Joseph, a staff over his shoulder, at the far right.
The poignant and timeless scene is surrounded like all those on this wall at Croughton by a chevron border, striving for three-dimensionality in a similar manner to the less refined but contemporary examples at Peakirk
¹EW Tristram, Medieval Wall Painting : The Fourteenth Century, pp.73-75 (see Bibliography)
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Links to other Infancy Scenes
|Annunciation to the Shepherds/Nativity, Ashampstead, Berkshire||Nativity, Corby Glen, Lincs||King Herod, with two Magi and other Nativity scenes, Corby Glen, Lincolnshire||Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Wissington, Suffolk||Adoration of the Magi, Black Bourton, Oxon.|
|Adoration of the Magi, Edstaston, Shropshire||Nativity/Annunciation to the Shepherds, Faversham, Kent||Adoration of the Magi/Presentation in the Temple, Faversham, Kent||Adoration of the Magi, Heydon, Norfolk||Adoration of the Magi, Pinvin, Worcs|
|Adoration of the Magi, Salisbury (St. Thomas) Wilts||Adoration of the Shepherds/Magi, Thornham Parva, Suffolk||Adoration of the Magi/Dream of the Magi, Wissington, Suffolk||Three Magi, Burton Dassett, Warwicks.||Massacre of the Innocents/Presentation in the Temple, Kelmscott, Oxon.|
|Flight into Egypt, Croughton, Northants||Miracle of the Clay Birds, Shorthampton, Oxon.||Baptism of Christ, Black Bourton, Oxon.||Infancy Cycle, Brook, Kent||Nativity scenes, with Annunciation to Shepherds, Hardham, Sussex NEW|
© Anne Marshall 2000