The Conversion of St Paul
detail from New Testament Saints

  The Conversion of St Paul    detail from    New Testament Saints

Photo © Martin Crampin

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about 1916
Three-light window with standing figures of the saints Peter, Paul, John over Barnabas, Lydia and Silas. Three scenes from the Acts of the Apostles depicting Paul below: on the road to Damascus, healing the sick, and at work making tents. The archangel Michael fights the dragon at the apex of the window.

technique: stained glass

designer: John Winbolt

Church of St Mary, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

This is presently the only window known by the artist in Wales. The artist's debt to his former employer Charles Eamer Kempe is clear in the style of the poses, the character of the faces and the positioning of the inscriptions.

The window was given in memory of Edward Baker, died 14 January 1914.

Both Lydia and Silas (Silvanus) appear in the Acts of the Apostles. Lydia was a devout woman, and a seller of purple, of Thyatira, converted by St Paul (16:14) whose home became a meeting place for Christians (16:40). Silas was Paul's companion through Asia Minor and Greece, and imprisoned with him at Philippi (Acts 15-18). He appears in 1 & 2 Thessalonians & 1 Peter 5:12 as Silvanus.


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New Testament SaintsSt Peter, St Paul and St John: New Testament SaintsSt Barnabas: New Testament SaintsSt Lydia: New Testament SaintsSt Silas: New Testament SaintsSt Paul Healing the Sick: New Testament SaintsSt Paul with Aquila and Priscilla: New Testament Saints

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John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 94.

View this object on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue

  The Conversion of St Paul    detail from    New Testament Saints

Photo © Martin Crampin

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