Abraham Kneels Before the Three Angels

  Abraham Kneels Before the Three Angels

Photo © Martin Crampin

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probably 1520s
Abraham kneels before three winged figures, with Sarah in the background watching from the door of a tent. Further tents behind and landscape behind overlooking a bay with ships and a town. The upper panel depicts God the Father enthroned above with angels.

technique: stained glass

Church of St Gwenllwyfo, Dulas, Anglesey
north wall of the nave

The scene above is part of a depiction of Jacob's ladder, and it was attributed, along with the figures in the cinquefoil of the east window, to Peter van den Houte by Hilary Wayment.

The lower scene is a type of the Transfiguration, which may be the panel from the same collection now at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire. They may therefore have both originated in the Great Cloister of the Charterhouse at Leuven (Louvain), and Wayment attributed them (along with the Raising of Lazarus, also at Llanwenllwyfo) to the master of the Mass of St Gregory. However, the attribution must be regarded as speculative.


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Further reading

J. O. Hughes, A Short Guide to the Early 16th Century Glass of Llanwenllwyfo Church Isle of Anglesey (1995), p. 14.

Hilary Wayment, 'The Master of the Mass of Saint Gregory Roundel' Oud Holland, vol. 112, no. 2/3 (1989), 81.

J. O. Hughes, Catherine Hughes and Avril Lloyd, Trysorau Cudd: Gwydr Lliw yn Santes Gwenllwyfo, Dulas, Môn/Hidden Gems: Stained Glass at the Church of St Gwenllwyfo, Anglesey (Aberystwyth: Sulien, 2016), pp. 62-3.

Hilary Wayment, 'Adrian and Peter Vandenhoute, Glaziers and Tapestry Designers' Oud Holland, vol. 112, no. 2/3 (1998), 82.


Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), pp. 56–7.

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  Abraham Kneels Before the Three Angels

Photo © Martin Crampin

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