December 18th, 2010

Christmas, Advent

Advent Art: Greeting card: Christmas "Struth! I've lost me toys!"

Harold Herbert (1891-1945)
Greeting card: Christmas "Struth! I've lost me toys!", 1939
Planographic lithograph, hand-colored
Greeting card: Christmas "Struth! I've lost me toys!"
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

When I visited the National Galley of Australia website earlier, I wanted to make sure I found something that was markedly Australian.I wanted something unmistakably Australian. This one does the trick. (It's not the most stereotypically Australian thing I found, but it's good enough.) There was another work I was considering, and when I couldn't make up my mind, I left the decision up to fellow Community fan and known Australian ravenecho. He didn't actually know what he was choosing--I told him to choose between Sydney and Melbourne; he chose Melbourne, which is where Harold Herbert happened to die--but nevertheless, if you don't like this, it's his fault.

Previous Advent posts:

2003: The Burning Babe
2004: La Virgen y el Niño
2005: Have a super holiday season
2006: from Bridge to Terabithia, chapter six, “The Coming of Prince Terrien”
2007: Morning in the Village after Snowstorm
2008: Christmas special music
2009: Hanukkah