Jane Gray (b.1931)

Pishill Church, Henley-on-Thames, Design for Stained Glass Memorial Window (1983)



21 x 7.5 cm

Signed, dated and artist label verso.

Pishill Church is a highly unusual T-shaped, flint and stone Norman church that was built in the early 12th century but underwent substantial interior alterations in the Early English and Decorated Styles in the 19th century. The church is charmingly situated on a hilltop overlooking the Stonor Valley and Hamlet of Pishill, and boasts several spectacular stained glass windows, including one designed by John Piper in 1967. This design commemorates Gray’s favourite Aunt who requested a memorial window in Pishill Church upon her death in 1981. This simple arrangement used acid-etched lettering to quote Gray’s aunt’s favourite prayers against a plain background representing the elements. The window was installed in 1985.

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.

Literature: Jane Gray, Playing with Rainbows. (Shropshire: Ellingham Press, 2011), p.24, 78.

Condition: very good.

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