'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.