Jane Gray (b.1931)
Warrington Hospital Chapel, Design for Stained Glass Window (1984)
7.5 x 5 cm
Dated, detailed in artist’s hand and studio label verso.
Warrington Hospital was originally built as an isolation hospital in 1893. The Warrington Union Workhouse Infirmary was built on the site shortly after in 1898, and it was occupied by the Whitecross Military Hospital during the First World War. It wasn’t until 1930, that the infirmary officially became the Warrington Borough General Hospital. Gray’s design for this window in the hospital’s chapel wonderfully demonstrates her colourful, modern style and features the Cross suspended between land and sky, and a line from Psalm 139: ‘O Lord, Thou hast searched me out and known me’. This was one of Gray’s simplest but most favourite window designs, it was installed in the chapel in 1984.
Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.
Literature: Jane Gray, Playing with Rainbows. (Shropshire: Ellingham Press, 2011), pp.23, 77.
Condition: very good.
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