St John with the Governor of the Netherlands

  St John with the Governor of the Netherlands

Photo © Martin Crampin

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probably first quarter of the seventeenth century

The kneeling figure of the governor is at prayer, facing outwards at the viewer. John stands behind, with the chalice containing the serpent. Scene with houses and trees in the background. Glass fragments, angels and inscription of 1877 above, surmounted by a embattled tower.

technique: stained glass

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

Painted with a wide range of enamel colours, including red, green, yellow and blue. Drusiana, who was resurrected by John in Ephesus, is depicted as the old lady in the house shown in the landscape.

The modern inscription reads 'And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us' (1 John 5:14).

New research by C.J. Berserik has identified the governor as Johannes van den Broeck, and he has suggested that it may have come from the Charterhouse at Lier, opening the possibility that more of the panels in the Neave collection came from Lier, rather than the Leuven Charterhouse as has often been thought.


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Further reading

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 63.

J. O. Hughes, A Short Guide to the Early 16th Century Glass of Llanwenllwyfo Church Isle of Anglesey (1995), p. 13.

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. 60-61.

M. Reeves, C. J. Berserik and J. M. A. Caen, Gilded Light: 16th–century stained glass roundels from the collection of Sir Thomas Neave and other private collections (London: Sam Fogg, 2016), p. 4.

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Photo © Martin Crampin

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