Friday, 21 October 2011

The Devil In The Shawl

Salem: Can you spot the devil?

'Salem' is a painting by Sydney Curnow Vosper, and shows the inside od a Baptist chapel in Cefncymerau, Llanbedr in North Wales. The central character Siân Owen of Ty'n-y-Fawnog who as you can see is making her way to her families pew to get ready for worship.
But this painting has an eerie story to it. It is said the the devil's face can be seen in the Welsh ladies shawl.
Its also believed that the shawl’s elaborate brightness is a comment by Vosper on the sin of vanity.
I have have a copy of Salem in my games room and its one of my favourite paintings. Not only because of the creepy story but its a wonderful look back at how life used to be in Wales.

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