Augustine Preaching before King Ethelbert.

Painted by the prolific British artist/illustrator Henry Justice Ford (1860-1941), this important and colourful religious scene depicts the Benedictine monk Augustine, soon to become First Archbishop of Canterbury, preaching to King Ethelbert, shortly to become England's first Christian King.

Augustine was the prior of a monastery in Rome when Pope Gregory the Great chose him in 595 to lead a mission, usually known as the Gregorian mission, to Britain to Christianize King Æthelberht and his Kingdom of Kent from their native Anglo-Saxon paganism. Kent was probably chosen because Æthelberht had married a Christian princess, Bertha, daughter of Charibert I the King of Paris, who was expected to exert some influence over her husband. Before reaching Kent the missionaries had considered turning back but Gregory urged them on, and in 597 Augustine landed on the Isle of Thanet and proceeded to Æthelberht's main town of Canterbury. Source:Wikepedia

The puzzle itself has been beautifully cut in the combination of push-fit and semi-interlocking styles, colour line-cutting extending throughout in order to make the main subject areas stand out from the background and making its assembly all the more challenging and exceedingly enjoyable. Altogether a wonderful example of both artistry and expertise in cutting! The box address label helps to date this example as from c1932 onwards.
See also the Holtzapffel puzzles Charles I and King John Signs Magna Carta, both cut at around the same time and featuring historical paintings by Henry Justice Ford.

Artist: Ford, Henry Justice
Date: c1932
Brand: Holtzapffel
Material: Plywood
Nationality: British-England
Pieces: 624
Size: 23 3/4" x 17 1/2"
Theme: Religious
Title: Augustine Preaching before King Ethelbert

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