John Millar Watt (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
14" x 13" (350mm x 330mm)Date:
Signed by Artist lower leftThis is the Signed original Watercolour painting by John Millar Watt.
Millar Watt creates a moment in history in this dramatic painting of Vincent De Paul Saint being held captive by Barbary pirates. A signed watercolour original painting used in the magazine Bible Stories in 1966.
In 1605, Vincent sailed from Marseilles on his way back from Castres where he had gone to sell some property he had received in an inheritance from a wealthy patron in Toulouse, and was taken captive by Barbary pirates, who brought him to Tunis. De Paul was auctioned off as a slave to the highest bidder, and spent two years in bondage.
Vincent is the patron of all works of charity. A number of organizations specifically inspired by his work and teaching and which claim St. Vincent de Paul as their founder or Patron, are grouped in a loose federation known as the Vincentian Family. The 1996 publication The Vincentian Family Tree presents an overview of related communities from a genealogical perspective.
In 1705, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission requested that the holy process of Vincent's canonization be instituted. On 13 August 1729, he was declared blessed by Pope Benedict XIII. He was canonized nearly eight years later by Pope Clement XII on 16 June 1737.
Among these organizations is the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a charitable organization dedicated to the service of the poor, established in 1833 by French university students, led by the Blessed Frederic Ozanam. The Society is today present in 132 countries.