Jane Gray (b.1931)
St Mary’s Church, Sullington, Design for Stained Glass Window (1992)
18 x 5 cm
Signed, dated and studio stamp verso.
The little church of St Mary’s, Sullington, has laid nestled beneath the Sussex Downs for almost a thousand years, within the bounds of an even older yew grove. The tower and the nave date back to c.1050 but were altered in the Norman period and again in thee 12th and 13th centuries.This small window pays remembrance to the local carpenter and verger. The design incorporates carpenters’ tools, peacock feathers from the peacocks in the neighbouring Manor House who often joined the church services, the Church’s communion chalice, and a view of the Sussex Downs. This window was installed in 1992.
Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.
Literature: Jane Gray, Playing with Rainbows. (Shropshire: Ellingham Press, 2011), pp.51, 82.
Condition: very good.
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