Saint Nicholas of Myra and Bari

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Usually depicted as a bishop, since he was bishop of Myra in Asia Minor. His relics were transferred to Bari in Italy in 1087. His body was believed to secrete a perfumed myrrh (the manna of St. Nicholas) which pilgrims to the Holy Land would collect in leaden flasks before leaving Italy. As a result, he was the patron saint of guilds of perfumers, apothecaries and spicers. Other legends associated with his name led to his reputation as 'Father Christmas'.

Author's signature indistinct; name could be N. Brindley or W. Brindley. If the lattter, possibly William Brindley (1832–1919), architectural sculptor and partner in the firm Farmer & Brindley.

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Saint Nicholas of Myra and Bari




watercolour on paper (?)


H 36.1 x W 26.9 cm

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presumed to be part of the collection formed by Henry S. Wellcome

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