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Angelic Ministration to the Christ Child

 Angelic Ministration to the Christ Child

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1924

Two-light window. Virgin and Child with Child Angels under a thatched canopy. An angel is depicted in the upper quartrefoil.


designer: Walter Camm
firm/studio: T. W. Camm & Co.

Church of St Thomas a Becket, Wolvesnewton, Monmouthshire
east wall of the chancel

Designed by Walter Camm, the window was executed by Florence, Robert and Walter Camm at The Studio, Smethwick. A similar window using the cartoon for the right-hand light was made for another church in the west midlands.

Part of the memorial to William Walker Hood of Tredean prepared by Camm & Co. It was paid for by his brother, James Hood.


The child angels with candle, bell and bowl are symbolic of the ‘light to lighten the Gentiles’; the ‘shepherd to his sheep’ and ‘living water’. Bare trees in the distance, with figure of St Joseph coming with kindling-wood. At the base, his staff and lantern are suggestive of a recent journey, transforming the scene into the Flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-5), as angel guides/protectors are a common inclusion in the imagery associated with this.

The plants depicted include Ladysmock, Lady’s Slipper, Marigold and Rosemary, as references to the Virgin Mary (in Welsh, Lady’s Slipper = Esgid Mair; Marigold = Gold Mair), and all are common meadow plants in Wales, certainly round Wolvesnewton.




 
Record added by Martin Crampin, Additional contribution by John Morgan-Guy. Last updated on 20-12-2011

 

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References

John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 602.


 

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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2011. (with a contribution by John Morgan-Guy)
http://stainedglass.llgc.org.uk/object/1191 (accessed 15 December 2019)



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