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December 05, 2013

The Mistletoe Bough, 1790

The Mistletoe Bough, 1790, painted by Francis Wheatley.
Francis Wheatley, The Mistletoe Bough.  ca. 1790, Oil on canvas. Yale Center for British Art.

Tis the season! I just love this painting, for all the little details such as the neglected basket!

What are you doing to get in the holiday spirit? Hanging mistletoe? Check out this post I saw yesterday on the history of the British mistletoe tradition, interesting stuff!

detail of The Mistletoe Bough Painting

detail of The Mistletoe Bough Painting


  1. Thank you for the link to the article about the mistletoe tradition, it was very interesting. Also for pointing out this work of art, it was new for me :)

    1. Same! I liked the part about bringing the mistletoe into the house to remind one that spring was shortly coming :)

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