Baptism of Christ - 1943-1944

Drawing, pencil 16in x 11in

 

In this strikingly original image, Christ sits in water surrounded by fish, with distinct changes in skin tone above and below the water. On the right, John the Baptist in animal skins leans forward to baptise Christ; the figure to the left holds Christís garment. A small strip near the top indicates that in customary fashion Spencer contemplated a group of related works.