Musician Angels with St Michael. Angels to the designs of Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898); St Michael designed by John Henry Dearle (1859-1932), who had been Art Director of Morris & Co. since 1896. The window was installed in St David's Chapel in St Cybi's Church, Holyhead, Anglesey, in 1921. It is in memory of Captain Harry Adeane, who died at Ypres in 1914 (see Roberts 50).

Right: Closer view of the angel on the right.

Burne-Jones seems to have been fond of musician angels, and angels of the same design with the same instruments can be seen in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, where they are robed in white and flank the musically-gifted St Cecilia. As there, they are really only the supporting cast (here, Dearle's St Michael naturally has a much more powerful presence); but they are still very beautiful.

Photographs taken by Dennis Eaton and kindly sent in by Dr J. K. Roberts. Text and formatting 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 or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Related Material


"Church of St. Cybi, Holyhead, Anglesey." Stained Glass in Wales / Gwydr Lliw yng Nghymru. Web. 28 October 2015.

Roberts, Dr. J. K. The History of St Cybi's Church. Holyhead: Anglesey County Council, 2008.

Created 28 October 2015