Literary Calligraphy by Susan Loy

Clement C. Moore


Susan Loy of Literary Calligraphy in Moneta, VA, joins text from literary classics or Biblical passages with delicate watercolor images and creates a unique bond between fine art and literature. "The Night Before Christmas" Clement Moore

This print presents the first portion of Clement Moore's description of St. Nicholas, first published in 1823. The poem played a major role in shaping the American vision of Santa Claus. Clement Moore knew Washington Irving as well as Irving's description of St. Nicholas in his History of New York, published in 1809. Both Irving and Moore described a more elf-like St. Nick than the traditional stately bishop.

By the time Moore wrote the poem in 1822 for his three children, other American writers had already outfitted St. Nick with a fur-trimmed red suit, a pipe, a sackful of toys, a sleigh, and reindeer. Moore incorporated these elements into his image of Santa Claus and solidified Santa's association with "eight tiny reindeer" by naming and numbering them.

Moore's poem has been widely published, and many artists have portrayed St. Nick in association with this poem. Susan Loy drew inspiration from Thomas Nast as well as other nineteenth century American artists, who often depicted Santa adorned with holly, a symbol of eternal life, foresight, and protection.

"The Night Before Christmas"
Signed prints produced from an original watercolor painting.
Print Image Size: 6" x 6"
Print Paper Size: 10" x 10"
Frame Size: 12" x 12"
Save 30% when ordered with companion print, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" in our special "Christmas Pair"
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