The Four Rivers of Paradise

  The Four Rivers of Paradise

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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Four-light window. Each main light is headed by youthful angels pouring water above four scenes representing baptism: Moses striking the rock in the wilderness, the cleansing of Naaman in the Jordan, Peter baptising and Philip baptising the Ethiopian. Angels and symbols of the evangelists in the tracery, with John the Baptist in the uppermost quatrefoil.

technique: stained glass

firm/studio: C.E. Kempe

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Monmouth, Monmouthshire

Illustrative of the originality and quality of the artist's early work, it also shows how formulaic the work of his company had become by the turn of the century.

The four rivers that the angels pour out are the Pison, Gihon, Hiddekel and Euphrates.


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Further reading

John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 397.

Margaret Stavridi, Master of Glass: Charles Eamer Kempe 1837-1907 (Hatfield: John Taylor Books, 1988), p. 89.


Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 134.

View this object on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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