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Sheltering the strangers, stained glass panel, Netherlandish, c.1600

Clear glass with dark brown paint

Height: 245mm
Width: 188mm

Museum number: SG69

Curatorial note

A wealthy couple stand on the steps to their house with two servants. The man introduces three pilgrims, two carrying staffs and one with a shell and cross embroidered on his cape. A townscape with a bridge appears in the background. The panel is from a series on the Acts of Mercy in which Feeding the Hungry, SG70, is the companion piece.

Another version of this scene of ‘Welcoming the Strangers’ (Cole) can be found at St John's, Saxmundham (Suffolk), in which Christ also appears in the background. This location includes another subject in the series, Giving Drink to the Thirsty.


William Cole, A Catalogue of Netherlandish and North European Roundels in Britain. Oxford: OUP for The British Academy, 1993
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, p 196

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