The evocative effects of light and shadow in this intimate nocturnal scene illuminate the holy family at the centre of this composition, surrounded by worshipping shepherds who look on with amazement and complete adoration. The sense of spiritual expressiveness is enhanced by the figures isolated against the dark background of the barn, and works to magnify the emotional energy of the nativity scene. The painting is framed in a fake tortoise shell frame. Measures: 19 ¼ x 15 ½ in, and 26 x 22 ¼ in. framed.