The Sower

 The Sower

Photo © Martin Crampin

larger image

Single-light window with Christ depicted as the sower and a scene showing Paul preaching in Athens in a lower panel.

technique: stained glass
size: 38 cm (width)
firm/studio: Morris & Co.
designer: Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Church of St Mary, Betws-y-coed, Conwy
west wall of the south aisle

One of a pair of windows at the west end of the church with Salvator Mundi.

The image of Christ as the sower is a late design (1897) by Burne-Jones.

An effective juxtaposition. The Sower, shown here as Jesus, and Paul (identified conventionally as bald-headed) preaching at Areopagus in Athens before the altar of the unknown god (DEO IGNOTO on the column). Both images refer to the proclamation of the gospel, indiscriminately, to those who will receive it, and those who will not.


For other views of this work click on the image(s) below:

The Sower: The SowerPaul Preaching in Athens: The Sower

Other works associated with this work

 Salvator Mundi

This artwork is indexed under the following main subject(s):
for other works containing these subjects please click on the links.

Click here for other artworks at this site
Click here for other works connected to Morris & Co.
Click here for other works connected to Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Further reading

Larry J. Kreitzer, 'Images of the Apostle Paul in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Wales' (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010), pp. 238-9.


Richard Haslam, Julian Orbach and Adam Voelcker, The Buildings of Wales: Gwynedd (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), p. 268.

View this object on the Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue

 The Sower

Photo © Martin Crampin

Arts & Humanities Research Council - project sponsorsNational Library of Wales - project partnerUniversity of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies - project partnerUniversity of Wales Trinity Saint David - project organiser

This database and its contents are copyright © 2008-2021 by University of Wales Trinity Saint David, unless otherwise noted. Copyright information

Database, software and website development by Technoleg Taliesin Cyf. © 2008-2021