May 6, 2013

Mother Harriet, CSM

Harriet Starr Cannon is the founder of the Community of Saint Mary, a religious community of The Episcopal Church that among other things notably bore witness during the Yellow Fever epidemic in Memphis. Mother Harriet was an indomitable presence, and I hope I captured some of that in this quick sketch icon. I have to admit that perhaps this shows the influence of having been a fervent follower and fan of Call the Midwife, but the connections are not misplaced, since the ministries of Nonnatus House would not have been unrecognizable to Mother Harriet, and Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) shares the strong quality of (and a slight resemblance to, at least as I see it) Mother Harriet.
Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG


JCF said...

Aha, another "Call The Midwife" fan! ;-) I keep wondering about dear Sr Bernadette: she's clearly struggling w/ her vocation (celibacy-for-Jesus, or the handsome doctor? And is the doctor married already?)

Like the icon very much, Tobias. Mother Harriet, and all holy religious, pray for us!

Tobias Stanislas Haller BSG said...

Indeed, JCF, I am a big fan of CtM. I think it to be head and shoulders above Downton Abbey (though I enjoy that as a kind of guilty pleasure.) But CtM is so much more than a mere soap opera; and after all, how often do you get to see a story about Anglican nuns!

As to plot, I think the doctor may be a widower. His relationship with his son has been featured in a few of the episodes.