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Saint Paul and Saint Silas delivered from prison, stained glass oval, after Jan Stradanus, Netherlandish, c.1600

Clear glass with brown paint, yellow stain and blue and green? enamels

Height: 282mm
Width: 228mm

Museum number: SG108

Curatorial note

Paul and Silas are seen in an inner room of a prison, lit by a barred window and with doors open wide. Empty stocks are on the ground and bars lie before the door. To the right the gaoler descends steps holding a dagger to his naked stomach, he is followed from an arched landing by a man holding a flaming torch. The light throws coloured shadows upon the walls in blue and green.

After J. Stradanus in an engraving by Philips Galle, published by Joannes Galle, Plate 27 from a set of thirty-five depicting 'The Acts of the Apostles II.' in the Thesaurus Sacrarum of 1585, and reprinted with slight alterations in the Theatrum Biblicum of 1674 as Plate 28. Bartsch describes the subject as 'The Jailer, about to kill himself, converted by St Paul.' About one third of the scene on the right side has been omitted.

Literature

F. W. H. Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: Rijksmusem, 1949– 206-240?
Walter L. Strauss, ed., The Illustrated Bartsch. New York: Abaris Books, 1980 LVI, 049:12
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 241


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