Jane Gray (b.1931)

Framfield Church, Uckfield, Sussex, Design for Stained Glass Window (1961)



18 x 13.5 cm

Signed and dated on backing board and verso.

The village of Framfield is mentioned in the Domesday Book, suggesting that there may have been a church on this site in the 11th century; however, the building of the existing church began in the early 13th century when  Hempstead chapel was erected, a prelude to the much larger church that followed, consisting of a nave, north and south aisles, western tower, chancel, and chapels. Between 1200 and 1250, this new church emerged into the structure that survives unto the present day. A rare example of Gray’s early work, this design shows a more traditional approach to stained glass window design and centres on the figure of Jesus playing with children. In much of her later work, Gray eschewed this traditional, medieval style in favour of a more modern style.

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.

Literature: Jane Gray, Playing with Rainbows. (Shropshire: Ellingham Press, 2011), p.72.

Condition: very good.

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