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Upper Division. The three lights on
The three middle The three lights on the left.
the right. The nailing of Christ crucified be- Joseph of ArimaChrist on the Cross. tween two thieves. thea taking down
The soldiers cast- Christ from the
This grand window, as we before observed, is divided into nine lights below, and nine above; each subject being contained in three lights; the whole window consisting of six subjects.
The centre of the lower division represents Pilate washing his hands, and deelaring himself innocent of the death of Jesus. Below the judgment-seat, is Christ bound with a crown of thorns on his head, and surrounded by several figures, who are strongly characterized. In the lower division on the right, is Christ delivered to be crucified. The left side represents Christ bearing the Cross. Pilate appears on horseback, accompanied by a high-priest and many attendants. Jesus nearly fainting with fatigue, is receiving a handkerchief from a female,* whom he surveys with grateful benignity; preceding Christ is a soldier holding the cords of the cross, with features expressive of the most ferocious brutality. Near him is a man bearing a hammer, with malignant
exultation painted in his countenance. In the distance is Mount Calvary.
In the centre of the upper division is the Crucifixion. Jesus is represented on the cross between two thieves. The countenance of the penitent thief expresses the most extreme sorrow, accompanied with tears; that of his hardened companion is as strongly marked with derision and mockery. Below the Saviour is Mary Magdalene embracing the cross; and in the foreground three Soldiers, casting lots for his garment. On the left are St. John and the Virgin.
In the upper division, on the right, is Christ nailed to the cross. Pilate's countenance here, as throughout the history, expresses remorse.—Jesus is extended on the cross: his body appears drawn up, and lying hollow, from the violence of the pain inflicted by driving the nails through his hands. On the left side is Christ taken from the cross.
Every muscle of the sacred body appears relaxed by death. On the left is the Virgin and St. John: the former fainting, and a female supporting her.
Having endeavoured to give an outline of the principal objects in this celebrated window,* we proceed to the remaining twelve windows on the
* A fine drawing of this Window was executed by the late Mr. J. K. Baldrey, who published a beautiful coloured print from it.
Right side. The lamentation of Mary The lamentation of Naomi Magdalene and hers, for the and her daughters for the death of Christ. - John xix. death of their husbands.25.
Right side. Joseph cast into a pit by his The passage of the Israelbrethren. Genesis xxxvii. ites from Egyptian slavery.24.
Lower Division. Christ laid in his grave by
The passage of Christ into Joseph of Arimathea. - John the region of departed souls. xix. 38.
Right side. Jonah coming forth from The angel discovering himthe whale's belly.- Jonah ii. self to Tobit and Tobias.
Lower Division. Christ rising from the dead. Jesus discovering himself The soldiers keeping watch after his resurrection, to around the sepulchre.—Matt. Mary Magdalene. - Mark xvi.
Lower Division. The women going to the Our Lord appearing to sepulchre to seek Jesus. Mary Magdalene. - John xx. Matt. xxviii.
lions' den.- Bel and Dragon,
Lower Division. Christ appearing to two of Christ breaking bread with his disciples on the way to two of his disciples at EmEmmaus.-Luke xxiv. 13. maus.-Luke xxiv. 30.
Right side. The prodigal son acknow- Joseph meeting his father ledging and renouncing his and brethren in Egypt. – past life.-Luke xv.
Lower Division. St. Thomas acknowledging Christ appearing to his and laying aside his incredu- eleven Apostles. Matthew lity.—John xx. 28.
xxviii. 16, 17.
Right side. Elijah taken up to heaven The law given to Moses in a chariot of fire; and from Sinai.—Exod. xx. Elisha catching his mantle.2 Kings ii.
Lower Division. Christ ascending into hea- The Holy Ghost given to ven.-Luke xxiv.
the Apostles.-Acts ii. 4.
Right side. Sts. Peter and John restor- The imprisonment and ing a lame man to the use of scourging of St. Peter and his feet, at the beautiful gate St. John.-Acts v. of the temple.—Acts iii.
Lower Division. The lame man healed, walk- The death of Ananias. ing before Sts. Peter and John Acts v. towards the temple.-Acts iii.
puting at Damascus. In the distance is a small figure of St. Paul, whom the disciples are letting down from the walls of Damascus in a basket.--Acts. ix. 22–25.