'The Legend of the Snowdrops', by 1900, Frances MacDonald McNair
Watercolour and silver paint on linen
s.b.r.: 'FRANCES McNAIR INV. DEL.'; inscr.b.: ‘WHEN ICE-FLAKES FELL IN SHOWERS / UPON THAT WORLD OF DEATH / SOME PITYING ONES DISTILLED / BY ANGEL-BREATH FELL LOV- / ING FLOWERS / AND SNOW-DROPS THUS WERE BORN - TO COMFORT EVE WHO SORROWFUL / THE LAND OF LIFE DID LEAVE.’
139.0 x 40.0 (54 ¾ x 15 ¾) (sight)
National Museums of Scotland
This and its companion by McNair, ‘The Legend of the Birds’, 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 at the Internationale Kunstausstellung, Dresden in 1901.