ALLAN ROHAN CRITE (1910 - 2007) Et verbum caro factum est, et habitávit in nobis, et vídimus glóriam eius.
Pen and ink on cream illustration board, 1943. 254x216 mm; 10x8 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right recto. Signed, dedicated and inscribed with the artist's Boston address and a lengthy description of the scene in ink, verso.
Provenance: the Evans-Tibbs collection, Washington, DC; private collection, New York (1992).
This beautiful drawing by Crite illustrates the Latin verse of John 1:14: "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. And we saw His glory." Crite illustrated the Biblical story and church liturgy as a reflection of himself and his Boston community: black clergymen read the verse from the Bible before a black Mary and baby Jesus.