St Michael Overcoming the Devil with Angels

  St Michael Overcoming the Devil with Angels

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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Three-light window.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: Morris & Co.

Church of St Cybi, Holyhead, Anglesey

Given in memory of Harry Adeane, Captain in the Coldstream Guards, who died at the first Battle of Ypres, 1 November 1914.

The composition of Michael here overcoming Satan is clearly inspired by the work of Guido Reni (1575-1642) painted in 1636 for Cardinal Francesco Barberini, in the church of Sta Maria della Concezione, Rome. (This is the painting in which Satan has the unmistakeable features of Pope Innocent X, compare with the portrait by Velasquez.) This was a popular work in the late nineteenth century (see the copy in a private collection from Carmarthenshire and the banner in St Michael's, Abertillery). Given the roots of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in the Pre-Raphaelite Movement, it is somewhat ironic to find that the inspiration for this design comes from a seventeenth century painting. However the window is more the work of the designer Henry Dearle, even though, as may be seen in the firm's work of 1927 in the north aisle, cartoons by Burne-Jones were still being reused in the 1920s.


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Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 196.

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  St Michael Overcoming the Devil with Angels

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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