The Instruction of the Virgin Mary

  The Instruction of the Virgin Mary

Photo © Martin Crampin

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Two-light window. Mary sits reading in the left-hand light, while her mother Anne stands in the right-hand light. Figures in the tracery lights of Isaiah and Ezekiel between the sibyls of Cumana and Erythraea.

technique: stained glass
size: 47 cm (width of each light)
firm/studio: A. K. Nicholson Stained Glass Studios

Church of St Gabriel, Brynmill, Swansea
south wall of the south aisle (Lady Chapel)

The large book is open at the prophesy of Isaiah in which he speaks of the conception of a virgin (7:14). A shorter part of the same verse is on the scroll held by the prophet Isaiah in the east window, made in the previous year. According to Virgil the Cumaean sibyl (a female prophet from ancient Greece) foretold the coming of a saviour.


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The Virgin Mary Reading: The Instruction of the Virgin MarySt Anne: The Instruction of the Virgin MaryProphets and Sibyls: The Instruction of the Virgin Mary

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Further reading

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 224.


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 584.

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Photo © Martin Crampin

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