‘The Baptism of Christ’ – St Thomas’s Church, Southwick, Wiltshire

My intention has been to create the window keeping predominantly to blues (using mostly flashed and streaky glass) but punctuating parts of the window with some jewel like points of other colour. Depicted are the figures of Christ and John the Baptist standing in a pool and in the background is water, some falling from above.   Some plant-life foliage and fruit, possibly date palms, are suggested to give an impression of bountiful richness in an oasis setting of the desert. The Dove of the Holy Ghost is emanating light, in the centre above the figures.
With the use of the glass-paint and toned glass the figures should appear as though set against a strong source of bright light and reflections of the water. The traditional techniques of fired vitreous paint and silver stain for yellows, combined with acid etching will be used to create image. .

T Moore & J Fisher, St’s Simon & Jude’s Church RC, Streatham

T Moore & J Fisher, St’s Simon & Jude’s Church RC, Streatham

When I was working on this commission I arranged an appointment to visit the Archives of the National Portrait Gallery where a curator retrieved the very drawings made by Hans Holbein the Younger of Saints Thomas Moore, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and John Fisher,Bishop of Rochester, who were both executed by King Henry VIII for High treason. “The effect of the treason was denying the king to be Supreme Head of the Church of England, according to a statute, The Act of Supremacy, made in the last session of Parliament”.
I then also visited the Tower of London where the then incumbent Governor of the Tower, Major-General Christopher Tyler.  personally took me to the cells where Thomas Moore and John Fisher had been held captive before their executions. It seemed important to me to get as much a real sense of the last days of the lives of these men whilst making the window.
Major Tyler told me he was a Catholic and was in fact the first Catholic Governor at the Tower since the Reformation.

https://www.streathamhillcatholic.org.uk/welcome.htm

 

St Simon & St Jude memorial window, Streatham

Various depictions of St Mary, Mother of Christ: ‘Mary of Walsingham’ (TopLH),’ African Madonna’ (TopRH), ‘Mary of Valankani’ (Bottom LH and ‘Mary of Guadalupe'(Bottom RH).
Installed in the Memorial Chapel, St Simon & St Jude’s Church, Hillside Rd Streatham, South London.