The Ascension

The Ascension

Designer: Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

Firm: Morris & Co.

Stained glass


St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham

Burne-Jones's Other Windows in the Cathedral

  • The Nativity
  • The Crucifixion
  • The West Window (The Last Judgment)
  • J(ulius) A(lfred) Chatwin (1830-1907) enlarged this early eighteenth-century church in 1883-84, extending it to the east and producing a full chancel for it. The chancel was always meant to have large-scale stained-glass windows, and the patron of the new work, the wealthy heiress Emma Villiers-Wilkes, was willing to pay most of the cost of them. Locally-born Burne-Jones, who had been baptised in the church, agreed to make the designs. This is the central light of these three east windows.

    Main photograph by Colin Price, 2019. Detail of lower part, text and formatting, 2012, by Jacqueline Banerjee

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