The Annunciation Window. From left to right: (a) Close-up of the Virgin Mary. (b) Whole window. (c) Main tracery light.

The Annunciation, in a window of c. 1883 installed in the Lady Chapel of William Butterfield's St Mary Magdalene, Enfield. Although the Lady Chapel was added in 1907-08, this is one of the original windows, which would have been made up for Butterfield himself when the church was first built. It shows the Virgin Mary with the Angel Gabriel, with words from the Magnificat below: "My soul doth magnify the Lord." As with other Butterfield-designed windows, it has a mosaic effect with bright colours and architectural detail in the surround. The dove of the Holy Spirit looks down from the tracery, with its own blue and gold halo and light streaming from it.

Photographs by John Salmon, and text 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 it in a print one. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]


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Created 5 July 2015