East Window by Charles Alexander Gibbs (1825-1877), installed in 1867 in St James's Church, St James's Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

Close-up of the central light with the adjacent one on the right.

Charles Alexander Gibbs (1825-1877) belonged to a family of stained glass designers. His father was Isaac Alexander Gibbs (1802-51) and his brothers were Isaac Alexander (named after his father) and Alexander. They had a family firm for ten years from about 1848, but then Charles Gibbs set up his own works at 148 Marylebone Road, London in 1858 (see "Charles Alexander Gibbs").

This beautiful window "depicts Our Lord blessing children and was installed ... by The Revd. J. Blackburn, Rector of this parish from 1853-1870 in memory of his youngest son who died at the age of 24" (St James's Church, 2). At either side there are banners with texts from the Sermon on the Mount, reading (left) "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth," and (right) "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." The flowers and rich colours make this a cheerful window, full of hope and trust in the central figure.

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Related Material


"Charles Alexander Gibbs (1825-1877)." Gwydir Lliw Nghymru: Stained Glass in Wales. Web. 7 November 2017.

Lloyd, David W., and Nikolaus Pevsner. The Buildings of England: Isle of Wight. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006.

St James' Church, Yarmouth. Small booklet available in the church.

Created 7 November 2017