The Ascension

Designer: William Morris

Manufacturer: Morris and Co.


Stained glass

The last in the sequence of five apse windows, All Saints, Selsley, Glos.

David O'Connor tells us that this design has "been related to fourteenth-century miniatures in the Queen Mary Psalter, a manuscript that Morris studied in the British Museum" (39), adding that sketches in his notebooks bear that out. But a look at the Psalter, now brilliantly digitised on the British Library website, shows just how much Morris has adapted it (see below; commentary continues after the images).

Photographer: Dr. Jim Cheshire, who retains the copyright.

Dr. Cheshire has most generously shared both image and caption material with us. Psalter page capture, commentary and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]