Three Maries

Maries at the Tomb by Lavers & Barraud, designed by Nathaniel Westlake (1833-1921). Installed in the west of the north aisle of All Saints Church, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, in 1866, according to the Church Guide (see Eberhard). Westlake had been designing for Lavers & Barraud for about eight years now, and would become a partner a couple of years after this. This lovely three-light window, on a popular subject for church stained glass representation, and one which Westlake had taken up before (see "Related Material"), gave him plenty of scope for his love of colour and floral highlights.

The whole window is positively scintillating. Mary Magdalene on the left has long Pre-Raphaelite tresses and is brilliantly attired in deep red, with a contrasting floral pattern. The Virgin Mary on the right, being addressed by the angel in front of the empty tomb, is also in her traditional colours — blue, with a white head covering. But beneath the gold lining of her cloak are hints of different shades of pink. The other Mary, perhaps Mary the mother of James (see Mark 16, 1), wears a cloak of deep olive green offset by touches of violet and red, and a blue-striped head-covering. Even the angel, in violet, pink and a gold-patterned white, with decorated armband and cuff, has rainbow-coloured wings. The backgrounds and superstructure of the figures are equally dazzling, as if to reflect the sacred and miraculous nature of the event that has just taken place.

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Eberhard, Robert. "Stained Glass Windows at All Saints." Church Stained Glass Windows. Web. 13 May 2015.

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Created 13 May 2015