Te Deum and Tree of Jesse
Photo © Martin Crampin
1500, restored in 1867Seven-light window. Numerous figures arranged as figures representing the Te Deum (main lights) and the Tree of Jesse (tracery lights).
The figures below are mostly arranged in threes or fours, with Latin texts from the Te Deum below each group. The seven large figures above (mostly a combination of old and new glass) are standing figures of Mary, John, Mary on the knee of the seated Christ, God the Father, God the Holy Spirit seated holding a dove, Gabriel, and female figure that is perhaps another figure of Mary. Except for Gabriel, all figures are set in a mandorla, and all have angels about their heads.
The figure of Jesse, at the base of the central tracery lights, is probably modern, but some of the unnamed kings are late medieval. A tiny Virgin and Child is included in the uppermost light.
technique: stained glass
size: 50 cm (width of each light) [approx]
restorer: Clayton & Bell
Church of All Saints, Gresford, Wrexham
east wall of the chancel
Given by Thomas Lord Stanley in 1500. Much restored using surviving fragments (of various dates) in 1867, and incorporating new glass made by Clayton and Bell.
Whether or not these were the original subjects of the window is not certain.
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Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), pp. 36-7, 42, 48.
Edward Hubbard, The Buildings of Wales: Clwyd (Harmondsworth/Cardiff: Penguin/University of Wales Press, 1986), p. 171.
Mostyn Lewis, Stained Glass in North Wales up to 1850 (Altrincham: John Sherratt and Son Ltd, 1970), pp. 7-8, 38-9.
Martin Crampin, 'Biblical Art from Wales: The Mediaeval Influence' (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), pp. 126-7.
Painton Cowen, A Guide to Stained Glass in Britain (London: Michael Joseph, 1985), p. 220.
Jane Cartwright, Feminine Sanctity and Spirituality in Medieval Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008), pp. 154–5.
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Photo © Martin Crampin
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