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The Sermon on the Mount

  • Object:

    Design for stained glass

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1862 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, born 1828 - died 1882 (maker)
    Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (copyist)
    Holliday, James Richardson (copyist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and wash on tracing paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by J. R. Holliday

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case RK, shelf 16, box R

The term 'cartoon', as used here, means a full-sized drawing for execution in another medium, in this case stained glass. The figures were traced from a drawing made by Rossetti, for which he used his family and friends as models: William Morris posed for St Peter and Jane Morris for the Virgin Mary. It was Morris, however, who divided the design up into workable units of glass by adding the leading lines to the tracing. An indication is provided also of the colour of glass to be used for each unit. The window was made in the Morris, Marshall, Faulkner and Company's glass workshop in Red Lion Square, London, for the church of All Saints in Selsey, Gloucestershire.

Physical description

Pencil and wash design for stained glass for All Saints Church, Selsey, Gloucestershire depicting The Sermon on the Mount

Place of Origin

England (made)


1862 (made)


Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, born 1828 - died 1882 (maker)
Morris, William, born 1834 - died 1896 (copyist)
Holliday, James Richardson (copyist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and wash on tracing paper


Height: 88.3 cm, Width: 63.3 cm

Descriptive line

Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Tracing (possibly by William Morris or J. R. Holliday) oif a cartoon for The Sermon on the Mount, 1862, England.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Fagence Cooper, Suzanne, Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, V&A Publications, 2003. 176p., ill. ISBN I 85177 393 2
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1927, London: Board of Education, 1928.

Production Note

This tracing may have been made by William Morris (or James Richardson Holliday) rather than Rossetti. The leading lines were certainly added by Morris.


Pencil; Wash; Paper




Stained Glass; Drawings; Religion; Christianity; Ecclesiastical Art/Craft; Portraits; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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