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A Light to Lighten the Gentiles

  A Light to Lighten the Gentiles

Photo © Martin Crampin

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about 1881

Four-light window. Anna and Simeon (holding the Christ-child) are the main figures shown at the left, with Mary and Joseph on the right. Angels in the tracery lights.

firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.

St Woolos Cathedral, Newport
east wall of the south aisle

A well-balanced composition. The figure of Joseph is seen holding a lighted taper, emphasising the words of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) at the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

Record added by Martin Crampin, Additional contribution by John Morgan-Guy. Last updated on 17-08-2020


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John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Gwent/Monmouthshire (London/Cardiff: 2000), p. 427.

W. N. Johns, History of the Church of S. Gwynllyw, Newport (W.N. Johns, 1891), p. 117.


User contributed comments

The figure carrying the taper is not Simeon, who appears as the figure carrying the child Jesus, but St Joseph who is also carrying the sacrifice specified - two turtle doves
Submitted by: Tony Corten (2015-01-12 16:31:16)
Editor's response: Many thanks for pointing this mistake out. The text above has now been changed.

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Martin Crampin (ed.), Stained Glass in Wales Catalogue, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth, 2020. (with a contribution by John Morgan-Guy) (accessed 20 October 2021)

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Photo © Martin Crampin

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