Saint Martin of Tours was a soldier in the Roman army. As he rode by the city gates, he spied a beggar freezing in the wind. Impulsively, he sliced off half of his own cloak to cover the poor man. Thus he became a symbol of charity throughout Europe
This is an illustration I drew for the cover of the 11/2007 edition of The Crown Prints
, and the original was raffled off for the benefit of the CP
I was inspired to make a drawing of a mounted Saint Martin by a wooden statue I saw while visiting Brussels (thus the Netherlandish title). It bounced around in my head for a year before I made the image. It is another of my attempts to evoke woodblock printing with pen-and-ink. Lastly, "11 November" is Martinmas, the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours.
I'm thinking I might re-do it because I love it so much and would like to fix some of the problems I see in it.
Publishing history: The Crown Prints
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