12.14.2011

ALMOST A PARTRIDGE + A PEAR TREE - 8 X 5 pastel

ALMOST A PARTRIDGE + A PEAR TREE
8" x 5" pastel + gold scrolled frame
SOLD - PRIVATE COLLECTOR

The Twelve Days of Christmas are approaching quickly. 
And do you know of the verse?

The twelfth day of Christmas, | My true love sent to me | 
Twelve lords a-leaping, Eleven pipers piping, | Ten ladies 
dancing, | Nine drummers drumming, | Eight maids a-milking, 
Seven swans a-swimming, | Six geese a-laying, | Five gold 
rings, Four colly birds, | Three French hens,| Two turtle doves, 
and | A partridge in a pear tree.

The origin of Twelve Days is not known, with claims both 
attributed to the French and English. The game, where the verse 
is sung between children, was first published in Mirth 
Without Mischief  in 1780. The first day falls on December 25 
or 26th, depending on the tradition.

So my little pastel - which sold recently with a big 
thanks to Tirage Gallery - depicts a humorous rendition 
of the partridge.