Scenes from the Passion of Christ
Photo © Ann Jones
Five-light window with eighteen panels, including the Crucifixion in the upper central light. Reading, unusually, from left to right, bottom to top, the story of the Passion is depicted from Christ's anointing at Bethany to the Resurrection.
technique: stained glass
firm/studio: William Wailes
Church of St John the Baptist, Troedyrhiw, Rhondda Cynon Taff
east wall of the chancel
The window is a memorial paid for by the employees of the church's benefactor Mr Anthony Hill when he died in 1862. He had decreed that his workers were to be given a day off with pay to attend his funeral. So they, in turn, as a mark of the respect they had for him, commissioned this window in his memory. There is a similar, later, window by the firm in Chester Cathedral.
With so many scenes, the window gives a particularly comprehensive depiction of the events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. For example, the kiss of Judas and arrest of Christ are shown as two scenes, as are the deposition and mourning over the dead Christ. The scene in the lower right-hand light is particularly unusual. Following the washing of the disciples feet after the Last Supper, it perhaps portrays Christ teaching his disciples as described in the account given in John's gospel, chapters 13-17.
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John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 640.
View this object on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue
Photo © Ann Jones
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