Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John

  Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John

Photo © Martin Crampin

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Three-light window with standing figures. The seal of the Priory Church is shown below in the central light.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: possibly Percy Bacon Brothers

Church of St Mary, Usk, Monmouthshire
east wall of the chancel

Tentatively attributed to Percy Bacon by A. Brooks in The Buildings of Wales: Monmouthshire. The arrangement of the figures on tinted quarries is unlike many of their windows, in which the figures are bordered with elaborate architectural Gothic canopies.

Texts (with Mary) 'Be it unto Me according to thy word' (Luke 1:38); (with Christ) 'Come unto Me and I will give you rest' (Matthew 11:28); (with John) 'I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day' (Revelation 1:10).

The inscription below in the left-hand light reads simply 'To the Glory of Almighty God, AD 1913.'

The arrangement of the figures consists of the common grouping of Christ, his mother Mary and John. This is usually, but not always, with Christ on the cross and the other figures at his side, and is a ubiquitous scene in Christian art. In this window the figure of Mary faces out of the window to the left, a rather unusual design, and, shown together with the lilies, the figure looks as though it might have formerly been designed for a scene of the Annunciation in two lights.


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John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 587.

View this object on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue

  Christ with the Virgin Mary and St John

Photo © Martin Crampin

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