One of the prettiest cathedrals I have seen in India with beautiful stained glass windows, this one has an interesting backstory. Located at the very tip of Colaba, Mumbai, it’s named Church of St. John the Evangelist, but more popularly known as Afghan Church - called so because it commemorates the death of thousands of British soldiers in the First Anglo-Afghan War of 1842, in which Afghan tribesman valiantly fought off the British Empire. Situated as it is in an area that was established by the British as a port for the Navy (still called Navy Nagar), it’s very apparent that it was built for the soldiers - the wooden seats have hollows to hold guns! The church is currently undergoing renovation, after years of neglect, and got its time in the spotlight when Prince Charles and Camilla visited in 2013.
Rigby Graham was a man of remarkable energy, prolific and driven, for whom art was the whole of existence. He worked long hours at great speed, pitting himself against the elements and continuing to work in the open air in front of a subject, despite rain and winds that frequently blew his spectacles off.
In 2001 Nicholas Bechgaard, the stained glass maker, visited the gallery. Rigby Graham had not previously designed for stained glass but happily accepted a commission to make 3 panels that, unusually, would not be site specific. As so often happened when one worked with Rigby Graham, the project grew, resulting in seven remarkable windows. Swipe to see more and if you’d like to read our Rigby Graham profile hit the link in our profile. #goldmarkart#goldmarkgallery#rigbygraham#stainedglass#stainedglasswindow#uppingham#rutland
The Virgin and Child / Artist: Unknown / Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Bulwell / "But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel.” (Micah 5:2-3)
Usher in springtime with these cheerful early 20th-century colored glass designs from one of our recently acquired trade catalogs from Belgium, “Vitraux d'art: Album R. B.: Gravure sur Verre, Enseignes Lumineuses, Verres de Couleurs, Verres Américains.” #artdeco#stainedglass#stainedglasswindow#windowdesign