Within a rustic framework sits a family consisting of a couple, their children (two with their spouses) and grandchildren, with the adults toasting the viewer.
The youngsters are tucking into the food and drink with a will, but the family aren’t forgetting their charitable duties: in the adjacent side panels individuals who are hungry and destitute are being attended to by the servants and given food and warm clothing.
In a year not quite like any other in living memory Christmas will inevitably be rather different than usual. Whether socially isolating or maintaining social distancing let those of us who are more advantaged be more like that family from nearly two centuries ago: they remembered the less advantaged even as they wished their friends A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I will try to do likewise.