The Sermon on the Mount

Design for Stained Glass
1862 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil and wash on tracing paper
Brief Description
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Tracing (possibly by William Morris or J. R. Holliday) of a cartoon for The Sermon on the Mount, 1862, England.
Physical Description
Pencil and wash design for stained glass for All Saints Church, Selsey, Gloucestershire depicting The Sermon on the Mount
Dimensions
  • Height: 88.3cm
  • Width: 63.3cm
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by J. R. Holliday
Object history
Rossetti used the same design a few years later at Christ Church, Albany Street, London (now St George's Cathedral).
Production
This tracing may have been made by William Morris (or James Richardson Holliday) rather than Rossetti. The leading lines were certainly added by Morris.
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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.
Collection
Accession Number
E.2916-1927

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record createdJanuary 6, 2004
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