The Great Sacrifice

 The Great Sacrifice

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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Three-light window with a scene in the centre, extending into the outer lights, with a decorative border. Christ is depicted on the cross with a dead soldier below, on the battlefield. His hand is placed on the feet of Christ.

technique: stained glass

artist: James Clark

Church of St Margaret, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff
north wall of the nave

The window was given by Henry Campbell, second baron Aberdare, and his wife Mary Constance in memory of their son Captain Hon. Henry Lyndhurst Bruce, Royal Scots, killed 14 December 1914.

The scene is a version of James Clark's painting The Great Sacrifice. Painted in 1914, it offered an association with the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the Great War and the sacrifice of Christ for all on the cross. Reproduced in The Graphic, it became an instant success and was widely reproduced. Clark's image was also copied by other stained glass studios, such as Jones & Willis.


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Further reading

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), pp. 200-1.

The Parish of Mountain Ash: An Illustrated Guide (c. 1990 (second edition)), p 23.


John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 452.

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Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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