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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary giving alms to a lame man, with Saint Peter, stained glass panel, German, Rhineland, late 17th or early 18th century

Clear glass with black and brown paint, yellow stain rim, orange stain and blue and red enamels

Height: 250mm
Width: 235mm

Museum number: SG135

Curatorial note

St Peter clasps his hands with his key resting on his forearm. A cockerel perches on the ground to his right. St Elizabeth wears a crown on the back of her head and is gorgeously attired. She holds a triple crown in her left hand and drops a coin into a lame man’s bowl with her right hand. He kneels in a wooden tray supported on short legs. They stand on a shallow green plain and the sky is delicately modelled with rays and clouds. For commentary on the German source of this panel, see SG103.

The figure of St Peter must be taken from a cartoon source as it is identical to that at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Berwick on Tweed, where it is paired with St Margaret, and close to the single figure at Longleat House, Warminster, Wiltshire. The figures of St Elizabeth and the beggar are similar to those at Farleigh Hungerford Castle Chapel (Somerset), where there are also panels of St Francis and St Dominic and of St Joseph and the Christ Child in the Chantry Chapel to which Cole gave a German origin, probably Cologne. See also SG77, SG87, SG103, SG105 and SG133.

Literature

Suzanne Beeh-Lustenberger, Glasgemälde aus Frankfurter Sammlungen. Frankfurt: Verlag Waldemar Kramer, 1965 Inv. X 17073
Suzanne Beeh-Lustenberger, Glasmalerei um 800-1900 im Hessischen Landesmuseum in Darmstadt. Frankfurt: Hans Peters Verlag, 1973 Inv. Kg 31:19
Brigitte Lymant, Die Glasmalerei des Schnütgen Museums. Köln: Das Museum, 1982 M 352-354
William Cole, A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain. Oxford: OUP for The British Academy, 1993 165, 634, 654, 657, 955
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p. 281


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