Thursday, January 8, 2009

Vintage Thingies Thursday – Antique Photogravure

For this week’s Vintage Thingies Thursday entry I will share an antique print. It was published by Gebbie & Husson in 1889. The title printed in the lower margin reads, "Nativity Night, Shepherds, Sheep Goats."

This photogravure was based on the original painting by Henry Rankin Poore (1859-1940). With an 8" x 9" image area it was printed on heavy-weight paper, with the reverse left blank. The paper measures 11.5" x 17".

Though it does have some light foxing on the far outside margin edges, the print remains in very good condition with the image area crisp and clean. I was happy to add it to the collection in 2006.

This very expressive picture shows the shepherds discussing what has been revealed to them by the angels.

"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. "When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
"and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Luke 2:15-18

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  1. Carrie, that is so beautiful. What a great print! The information about it is interesting, too. Thanks for sharing...


    Sheila :-)

  2. What a beautiful print. I love the black and white framed in gold. Very pretty.

    I have been meaning to ask you if you keep your nativity things out all year? My mom collects snowmen, and they STAY out all year. Your collection as wonderful as it is should remain visiable all year in my honest opinion. It is amazing.

  3. Absolutely lovely to have in your home. The frame sets it off beautifully!

  4. A lovely vintage print in a gorgeous frame :)

  5. I've never seen this; how wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What an interesting blog and I love the beautifully framed picture. I have my old child's Bible story book which has pictures similar to yours.

  7. Hello Suzanne,
    Thanks for your visit and comment. I do have nativity sets out all year in most rooms. However, since 2005 I made the den a display room for the majority of the sets. Three walls are arranged by world areas and represent some 50 countries. The rest of the room has children's nativities and nativities by material - glass, pewter,paper, etc. Here is a link that tells about the collection and the display room:
    Again thanks for writing,

  8. This is gorgeous.I adore it.Thank you for sharing it with us...Ann

  9. What an interesting picture. The frame is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

  10. Great picture, and thanks for the information! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas; beware of storms coming through early next week!!

  11. Gorgeous and beautiful story. Thank you.