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The photograph shows the clearest part of the south wall, with at the left a shepherd in rustic cloak and hat and probably holding a crook. The fact that he is facing away from the other figures visible here confirms that this was part of a separate (and rare) painting of the Adoration of the Shepherds. Apart from a few fragments, the Magi themselves have disappeared, but Mary is shown crowned and seated on a throne, with the similarly crowned Christ Child seated on her lap. He seems to be holding a squarish object which is probably one of the Magis gifts. The best comparison is with Black Bourton, although that is earlier. Other scenes from the cycle include the Visitation, now hidden by a later musicians gallery, and the Nativity itself, also barely visible but with a rare glimpse of the Virgin in bed (there is a much better example of this at Wissington, also in Suffolk), along with the Life of St. Edmund already mentioned.
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 2001