Female Saint with Children

  Female Saint with Children

Photo © Martin Crampin

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Three-light window with a seated female saint with two children in the central light. Painted and stained quarries in the outer lights, with flowers, birds and initials.

technique: stained glass
size: 37 cm (width of each light)
artist: Reginald Bell

Church of St Andoenus, Mounton, Monmouthshire
south wall of the nave

Signed with the artist's mark. Although the artist was made a partner of the stained glass firm Clayton and Bell in 1918, the window has little in common with the main output of the firm during the 1930s.

Given in memory of Walter Evill, the Chepstow architect who designed the church, his wife Elizabeth and grandson Anthony Charles Evill.

Although the most immediate interpretation of the scene is that of the Virgin and Child and the young John the Baptist, only the female figure has a halo. It seems most unusual for Mary to be depicted with a halo while Christ is not. An alternative interpretation of the scene might be a rather sentimental depiction of acts of mercy, which is perhaps also the scene depicting a female saint with children in the opposite light in the north wall of the nave.


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Further reading

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 221.


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 412.

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  Female Saint with Children

Photo © Martin Crampin

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