Jane Gray (b.1931)

Church of St Peter and St John the Baptist, Wivelsfield, Sussex, Design for Stained Glass Memorial Window (1993)



16.5 x 5.5 cm

Signed, dated and studio stamp verso.

The country Church of St Peter and St John the Baptist in Wivelsfield, East Sussex, dates back to around the 11th century. Since then it has undergone several renovations; the south aisle is 13th century, the tall south chapel is 14th century, the southwest tower was built around 1500 and the chancel was lengthened in the 19th century. Originally, the church was a chapelry of Ditchling, and it wasn’t until after the Reformation that the church separated completely. This window was commissioned to commemorate Sir Bryant Godman Irvine, former  Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, and to his wife, and features both their family crests. The window was installed in 1995.

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.

Literature: Jane Gray, Playing with Rainbows. (Shropshire: Ellingham Press, 2011), p.84.

Condition: very good.

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