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Follow your Pathway

Object number: ROMGH.1998.139.7

Type: Greetings card

Technique: Commercially printed

Material: Card

Width: 11.5cm | Height: 14.2cm

Production date: 1946 - 1952

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If you follow the pathway, as shown at the top of George Bain’s eye-catching card, you’ll discover a secret note. It’s a fascinating design, inspired by Michelangelo’s continuous pathway in Capitol Square, Rome.

The path Bain wants you to follow is a single white strand with red shaded, yellow dots. It’s held within a narrow circular border of key-pattern. Both this and the dots almost look 3-dimensional. They resemble embroidery stitches. In the spaces inbetween the interlaced strand, are flat knotwork motifs. There are 48 in total and every one is different. It’s a glorious celebration of minimalist Celtic art.

The central design is a complete contrast. A yellow starburst bears the white Cross of St Andrew topped with the Royal Arms of Scotland. If you’ve found the message you’ll understand why. It emphasises the printed Gaelic and English words.

Author: Barbara Pritchard

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