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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1845 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Willement, Thomas, born 1786 - died 1871 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained and painted glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Holy Trinity Church, Carlisle.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sacred Silver & Stained Glass, Room 83, The Whiteley Galleries, case BAY3

This panel formed part of the east window of Holy Trinity Church in Carlisle, which depicted scenes from the life of Christ. The window was supported by symbols of the Four Evangelists, each bearing scrolls containing prophetic texts from the Old Testament. The text of the scroll here, non dabis sanct[um] tuum videre corruption[em] (‘Thou shalt not suffer thine holy body to see corruption’), is from Psalm 15, and refers to the Resurrection of Christ.

The window was designed by Thomas Willement, a stained-glass artist of the Gothic Revival An entry in his account book for February 1845 describes the window, which had the Crucifixion in the centre.

Unfortunately, the church was demolished in 1982 because of its poor condition. Two panels by Willement from the church were given to the Victoria and Albert Museum (the other is Museum number: C.150-1980, depicting the Presentation of Christ in the Temple). Two other panels, the Nativity and the Emblem of St Matthew, are in the Stained Glass Museum in Ely. We do not know what happened to the rest of the window.

Thomas Willement (1786–1871) was Heraldic Artist to George IV and Artist in Stained Glass to Queen Victoria. He opened a workshop in London and began designing stained-glass windows in 1812. He pioneered a return to the true principles of medieval craftsmanship, using lead to emphasise the main outlines of the design and to join the pieces of glass together. He introduced colour into his works by using ‘pot metal’ glass, that is, glass coloured by metallic oxides. This reduced the need for enamel paints.

Physical description

A central quatrefoil with an eagle is surrounded by vine leaves. At the top is an inscription and at the lower left hand side the date' [1]845' while at the lower right hand side there are diamond forms enclosing quatrefoil-shaped leaves.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1845 (made)


Willement, Thomas, born 1786 - died 1871 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Stained and painted glass

Marks and inscriptions

'non dabis Sanct tuum videre corruption / [1]845'
'You will not suffer Your Holy One to see corruption.'
[The 't' of 'Sanct' and the 'n' of 'corruption' have a form of diacritial mark above them and are shortened forms of the Biblical text: Sanctum...corruptionem.]
Decoration; Latin; Willement; 1845


Height: 970 mm, Width: 490 mm

Object history note

From the East Window of Holy Trinity Church, Carlisle, demolished in about 1980.

Historical significance: The inscription is taken from Psalms 16:10b which is quoted by Peter in his Pentecostal speech to the people, Acts 2:27b, where it is taken to prefigure the Resurrection.

Descriptive line

Panel of clear, coloured and flashed glass with painted details and silver stain. Made by Thomas Willement for Holy Trinity Church, Carlisle. English, 1845.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission


Stained glass


Religion; Christianity; Stained Glass; British Galleries

Production Type



Ceramics Collection

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