Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Although in the midst of a large project, I went to see my daughter and her family who have recently returned from Singapore. While there we visited Hinton Ampner a big house with impressive gardens, located in northern Hampshire. While there I noticed this chapel that was open, so I went in to look around.

The first windows I saw near the rear of the church were nothing unusual, in that they were standard subjects rendered in the 19th century fashion in keeping with the date of the house.

However when I turned toward the altar, there were quite different windows to view.

It appears that some of the congregation are still uncertain about these two windows, although most enjoy their vibrant colours. And all the people cleaning the church at the time were very complimentary about them.

Friday, 31 July 2009

St Bride's West Window

The west window at St Bride's is a cheerful one. Not only is it west facing, making good use of the low evening sun, but it depicts a happy event - a wedding. It also has a group of musicians in the tracery above the wedding scene. These all are children playing various instruments. A number (but not all) of these are shown here.

Each of the children has a different mood and expression. Not all of them seem to be enjoying their performance.

Above them all are two angels are watching over the young musicians. This is one of them.

As you can see the colour scheme is mainly red. The blues occur only in the top three lights of the tracery.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

St Bride's Episcopal Church, Glasgow

Recently, I participated in a charity fund-raiser at this church. I took the opportunity (although I did not have a tripod) to take some pictures in the evening sun.

The photo below is of the window depicting the birth and early days of Christ.

This picture is of the west window depicting the wedding at Cana. This colour scheme really shines out in the evening sun. There are some interesting elements in the tracery that I will come back to.

This is another of the North side windows. This one concerns the procession to the cross.

And this image also from the north range of windows is of the Crucifixion.

From a Scottish point of view, these are interesting windows because they were executed by an English firm, rather than a Scottish firm as the Church of Scotland church windows were. There were plenty of Scottish firms available, but the Church at that time looked mainly to England in very many respects.