Antique 19th Century oil on board painting of two figures at the Madron Baptistry near Penzance Cornwall.
Synonymous with Cornish folklore, the earliest reference to this site was in 1640, when it was recorded that the cripple, John Trelill came here and bathed once a week for three weeks in May. He then slept on a mound nearby called St Maddern's Bed and was cured. From then onwards the site was much visited and venerated. This site has a long continuity of spiritual use by both Christians and pagans. Up until very recent times local Methodists would still go here for an open-air service on the first Sunday in May and the site was also used by local pagans for ceremonies to honour the Earth Mother.
The painting is framed in a solid wood gilt frame and is indistinctly signed to lower right corner.
Frame - 63cm x 43cm
Picture - 44cm x 24cm
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