Seventeenth Day of Advent

Let bright holly shine and glow
In winter-time of frost and snow;
Let the smooth green leaves entwine
Around our house at Christmas time.

from Holly Berries: with original illustrations by Ida Waugh published in London by Griffith & Farran, 1883.

Here is Ida Waugh again, the American illustrator already discussed in our Ninth Day of Advent post. This beautiful illustration has the same refinement as that picture, with its dainty roundel depicting a little girl dressed in eye-catching dark green, standing in front of soft green vegetation and a muted landscape stretching away behind her. The elegant design of the title words blending into a holly bough, which forms a canopy above the child, is delightful.  Waugh achieves both clarity and warmth in this charming illustration.


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