WHIT SUNDAY 1967

The linocut depicts an open canvas-covered boat similar to the curraghs found on the west coast of Ireland, except that this one has a pointed stern. Inside the hull two beehive cells similar in shape to the stone-built ones found in seventh-century Irish monastic enclosures provide shelter for the crew. The boat is imagined as the Ark, with a short mast and boom. Mr Noah leans out of the boat to greet the returning dove. On the horizon, above the waves, is a headland with a cave, and a lighthouse.

The words recited by Mr Noah are the opening verses of the ninth-century monastic hymn Veni Creator Spiritus:
Veni, creator Spiritus,
Mentes tuorum visita,
Imple superna gratia,
Quae tu creasti pectora;

Qui diceris Paraclitus,
Altissimi donum Dei,
Fons vivus, ignis, caritas
Et spiritalis unctio.

Linocut. Typesetting by John Randle att the Whittington Press. Block size 300mm x 150mm (12ins x 6ins).

Price £35