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World War II Triptychs:

Triptych 116

The Good Shepherd, 1944

Commissioned by: Citizens Committee for the Army and NavyMedium: oil on wood with gilded gessoExecuted by: Hildreth MeièreRelocated to: Trinity Episcopal Church

Triptych 116, Christ as the Good Shepherd

Triptych 116, Christ as the Good Shepherd

Hildreth Meière based Triptych 116 on John 10:11, inscribing below the painted scene: I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD. THE GOOD SHEPHERD GIVETH HIS LIFE FOR HIS SHEEP.1

This triptych, painted in soft colors, was sent to Kelly Field, Texas in 1944. It was given to Trinity Episcopal Church in Roslyn, New York in 1946.2 Meière painted a variation of the same subject for Triptych 405.


See Catherine Coleman Brawer, Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth Meière (St. Bonaventure, New York: St. Bonaventure University, 2009): 79 and Brawer and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik, The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière (New York: Andrea Monfried Editions, 2014): 207.


“Triptych History,” Hildreth Meière Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

Commission Location


Trinity Episcopal Church
1579 Northern Blvd # A
Roslyn, NY 11576

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