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.