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Feeding the hungry, stained glass panel, Netherlandish, c.1600

Clear glass with dark brown paint

Height: 245 mm
Width: 185 mm

Museum number: SG70

Curatorial note

A wealthy couple and child, surrounded by attendants and accompanied by a greyhound, direct a servant to give bread to an old man and a young couple with a baby. In the distance an old couple walk to their humble cottage in a landscape with a river, hills and a slender round-topped tower. The panel is from a series of the Acts of Mercy. Sheltering the Strangers, SG69, is a companion piece.

Others examples in the same series are Giving Drink to the Thirsty at St John's, Saxmundham (Suffolk), together with a version of Sheltering the Strangers (called by Cole Welcoming the Strangers), in which Christ is shown in the background.

Literature

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 197


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