Framed colour print depicting the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The practice of consecrating the family to the Sacred Heart was very common in Ireland until the 1960s. A certificate was issued with all the family members names listed and a picture was placed in a prominent place in the home such as the kitchen, as was the case at The Forge. It was also customary to have a lamp constantly burning. A paraffin lamp with a red glass cover (BFK015) was most likely used at The Forge. Later, with the arrival of electricity, many homes installed a small red electric light in front of the picture.
The devotion to the Sacred Heart takes Jesus Christ’s physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity. It is shown visible inside the body and is usually depicted wrapped in thorns and topped with a flame and/or crucifix.
The print at The Forge is one of the most common in Ireland. It must have been mass produced and sold in the 1950s and remained in place in homes until the relative demise of the tradition in the 1960s.
BFK017 is now in the private collection of the Bloom family, London. The photo below was taken hastily prior to handover.