Characters from the Old Testament
detail from Tree of Jesse and Twelve Apostles

  Characters from the Old Testament    detail from    Tree of Jesse and Twelve Apostles

Photo © Martin Crampin

Upper part of the second light from the left.

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about 1500 and 1533
Five-light window depicting tree of Jesse (although the figure of Jesse himself has been lost) with the Virgin and Child at the top of the central light. Most of the figures in the main lights are grouped in threes.

Above in the tracery lights are a set of twelve apostles (including Matthias). Most of the figures hold attributes. The lower sections are filled with fragments.

technique: stained glass


Church of St Bridget, Dyserth, Denbighshire
east wall of the chancel

The money for the Tree of Jesse window was left by Archdeacon Peter Conwey, who died in 1532, and his arms appear in the window. The Apostles are dated earlier at about 1500 by Mostyn Lewis.

Some of the Old Testament characters are identifiable by (sometimes incomplete) inscriptions, which also seem to suggest that some characters were depicted twice, such as Asa and Jehosaphat. Unusually for a Jesse tree, there do not seem to be any prophets.

Restorations of the window were carried out in 1736 and 1743.





 

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Further reading

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), pp. 44-5.

Edward Hubbard, The Buildings of Wales: Clwyd (Harmondsworth/Cardiff: Penguin/University of Wales Press, 1986), p. 343.

Peter Lord, The Visual Culture of Wales: Medieval Vision (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2003), pp. 204-5.

Mostyn Lewis, Stained Glass in North Wales up to 1850 (Altrincham: John Sherratt and Son Ltd, 1970), pp. 13, 34-6.

Painton Cowen, A Guide to Stained Glass in Britain (London: Michael Joseph, 1985), p. 220.

H. T. Kirby, 'The 'Jesse' Tree Motif in Stained Glass, A Comparative Study of English Examples, concluded' Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, vol. xiii, no. 2 (1960–1), 437–8.




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  Characters from the Old Testament    detail from    Tree of Jesse and Twelve Apostles

Photo © Martin Crampin


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