The Nativity

Image credit: Bolton Library & Museum Services, Bolton Council

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The painting depicts the interior of a stable. In the centre-left foreground is Mary, holding the Christ child above a manger. To the left is Joseph, facing right and holding his hands open in a gesture designed to display the child. This painting is one of the first that Bolton Council hung in the Mere Hall Art Gallery, which opened in December, 1890. The painting appears to be an exact, though not particularly skilful, copy of Rubens's 'Adoration of the Shepherds', in the Marseille Musée des Beaux Arts.

Bolton Museum and Art Gallery



The Nativity


oil on canvas


H 110 x W 139 cm

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Acquisition method

gift, 1891

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