Virgin and Child with St Christopher and St Michael
Photo © Martin Crampin
1922Five-light window with the Virgin and Child between Christopher bearing the Christ-child and Michael fighting the dragon. Crucified Christ below on a cross of lilies, between Gabriel and the Virgin Mary as an Annunciation scene. Christ in Majesty at the centre of the tracery, surrounded by angels holding symbols of the Passion and flanked by the martyrdom of Sebastian and George fighting the dragon. Two standing mitred saints in the outer lights, with the symbols of the four evangelists above and below. Above the main figures are roundel heads of Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel. The arms of Llandaff and of Canterbury are found in the lower left and right of the window.
technique: stained glass
artist: F. C. Eden
Church of St Mary, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
east wall of the chancel
According to Eden's Record Book, the window, as proposed in 1918, was to include St Peter, St Sebastian, St Christopher, St Michael and St Joan of Arc. Although Peter could possibly be one of the standing bishops in the outer lights, Joan of Arc does not appear to figure in the finished composition (with thanks to Peter Jones for this reference). The two bishops or abbots facing outwards are probably local saints, but their identity is not clear. One holds a church and a diminutive bearded man kneels alongside him, while the other holds an open book, and both hold crosiers. As the figure on the right stands over the arms of the bishop of Llandaff, he could represent the diocesan patron, Dyfrig, although the window was completed shortly after the creation of the Diocese of Monmouth in 1921, in which the Deanery of Abergavenny was included.
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Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 222.
John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 94.
Some Stained Glass Windows executed within the past twenty years (London: The British Society of Master Glass-Painters, 1930), p. 25.
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