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Marianne Stokes: Angels Entertaining the Holy Child

Adrian Stokes was fascinating too- a poet who had a psychoanalysis with Melanie Klein.

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Marianne Stokes (1855-1927), Angels Entertaining the Holy Child, signed ‘Marianne Stokes’ (lower right), oil on canvas, 56 ¾ x 68 ¾ in. (144.2 x 174.6 cm.) Image Source: Christie’s

“A converted sail loft in St Ives provided the backdrop to a series of religious pictures that the Austrian-born painter Marianne Stokes completed during her residence in the town between 1887 and 1899. Her husband Adrian was a pivotal member of the early St Ives colony… The Cornish Telegraph was able to review it before its journey on the train, thus: “The mother, fragile and worn, with more delicate beauty of feature than Mrs Stokes usually aims at, is seated, leaning back, quietly sleeping, on a grey rug against a pile of straw, the straw being painted with particular singularity of detail. In her lap lies the Holy Child, bound in swathing bands, and standing side by side are two twin…

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