Christ in Glory (or "Te Deum") west window of Lancaster Cathedral, by John Hardman & Co. 1888. On the right is a closer view of the central figure of Jesus, enthroned in Gothic splendour, making the sign of blessing and holding the orb of power. Adoring angels encircle him. The window is typical in its palette and composition, with blue, red, gold and silvery colours and many figures crowded round the central one, praising and extolling him. [Please click to enlarge the images and see the details.]

Two more close-ups of the window show (left) the angels, with the dove representing the Holy Ghost, in the tracery lights, and (right), in the lower part of the window, familiar figures like St Peter (to whom the cathedral is dedicated) with his golden key. Below Jesus stand Mary, with her arms opened wide, and John the Baptist, pointing upwards, with his "Ecce agnus dei" pennant unfurled. Others can be recognised by their usual attributes. For example, here is St Mark with his symbol of a winged lion, and St James with his pilgrim's staff. Also included are some early fathers of the church with their mitres or (again in the central part) red cardinal's hat, and some sainted kings, probably including Edward the Confessor. Joseph, in reddish brown and holding a stem of lilies, stands just to the left of Mary.

Photographs by Colin Price, reproduced here by kind permission of the Dean of the Cathedral; text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.

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Bibliography

"Cathedral Church of St Peter, Lancaster." Historic England. Web. 17 December 2018.

"St Peter's: The First 50 Years." Lancaster Cathedral. Web. 17 December 2018.


17 December 2018