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St David with St Martin and St Illtud

  St David with St Martin and St Illtud

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1919

Three-light window with standing figures.

size: 41 cm (width of each light)
designer: William Pearce
firm/studio: G. A. Rowson

Church of St Illtyd, Llantwit Fardre, Rhondda Cynon Taff
south wall of the nave

The window has been attributed to G.A. Rowson of Shrewsbury, although the figure of David is a close copy of another figure of David, in an earlier window signed by William Pearce, at St Woolos Cathedral, Newport. The treatment of the faces also closely resembles other windows by Pearce's studio. However the diocesan faculty papers (National Library of Wales LL/F/473) refer to Rowson throughout as 'the artist', and a letter from Rowson requests the return of the design (March 1919) in order to complete the window. The relationship between Rowson's and Pearce's studio has yet to be properly established, although the implication is probably that Rowson was using a design obtained in some way from Pearce.

Unveiled in December 1919 and given in memory of the three sons of the vicar John Jenkins, who died during the First World War. However, the window was the gift not of John Jenkins, but of his friend T. Wilberforce Davies of Cardiff, a friend of the vicar who had recently died. This is recorded in a newspaper report in Y Llan 26 December 1919.





 
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References

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), p. 195.

Len Tarr, Parish of Llantwit Fardre: St Illtud's (Pontypridd: 2008), p. 14.


 

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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2020.
http://stainedglass.llgc.org.uk/object/2220 (accessed 10 August 2020)


 

  St David with St Martin and St Illtud

© University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, photo Martin Crampin



 
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