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Lot 242: CELEBRATION OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM FEAST DAY BY FATHER P. SYLVESTER ESPELAGE (AMERICAN, 1877-1940).
October 22, 2016
St. Louis, MO, USALive Auction
CELEBRATION OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM FEAST DAY BY FATHER P. SYLVESTER ESPELAGE (AMERICAN, 1877-1940).
Watercolor, ink and goauche on paper. Signed lower left "P. Sylvester, O.F.M." and dated January 27, 1907. Also signed on backing board "Fr. Sylvester Espelage (Bishop)." Image 8.75"h 5.8"w, framed 11.75"h. 9.75"w.
Note: Father Sylvester Espelage, born in Ohio, became the Franciscan who pioneered the American Catholic missionary presence in Wuchang and later became its first Bishop.* January 27th is the Christian feast day celebration for the transfer of the relics of St. John Chrysostom to Constantinople. * Letters of an American Missionary in China-II, Catholic Missions, Volumes 1-2, p.56.
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