'The Legend of the Birds', by 1900, James Herbert McNair

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Watercolour and silver paint on linen
s.b.r.: ‘J. HERBERT McNAIR INV DEL'; inscr.b.: 'OF ALL CREATED EARTHLY THINGS / THE ONLY ONES HAVE GOTTEN WINGS / CHRIST'S CROSS UPON THEIR SHOUL- / - DERS BARE / AND IN ITS STEAD RECEIVED / THERE / THIS BLESSING FROM THE KING / OF KINGS’; inscr. v. (on label): 'The Legend of the Birds [underlined] / Despatched from Glasgow / to be returned to / J. Herbert McNair / 54 Oxford Street / Liverpool’
139.0 x 40.0 (54 ¾ x 15 ¾) (sight)
National Museums of Scotland

This and its companion by Frances Macdonald, ‘The Legend of the Snowdrops|’, illustrate established legends related to Christian themes of forgiveness and salvation.

The panels formed part of the centrepiece at Turin; they had previously been exhibited at the Eighth Secession exhibition, Vienna, 1900, and the Internationale Kunstausstellung, Dresden in 1901.