Jane Gray (b.1931)
Winchester College: Patrons of Twickenham Stained Glass Window Design, St Mary’s Church, Twickenham (1960)
41.5 x 37.5 cm
Signed and dated l.r.
This stained glass window design is one of a handful Gray designed for her local church, St Mary’s Twickenham. St Mary’s Church stands on the site of an earlier church in Twickenham, a short distance from York House and the banks of the River Thames, and incorporates a 15th-century, medieval tower. St Mary’s has an impressive and illustrious history of notable parishioners including the painter Godfrey Kneller who, after the collapse of the ancient church’s 14th-century nave in 1714, took active involvement in redesigning the church in the Neo-classical style alongside local architect John James, as well as Henry Fielding and Alfred Lord Tennyson whose sons were both baptised here. Gray had a personal connection to St Mary’s, her great grandfather having been the vicar some years before. This design, in particular, focusses on the religious involvement of Winchester College, represented here by the right hand side of the shield which bears the key components of the school’s coat of arms; three red roses and two right-angled bars.
Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.
Condition: very good.
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