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South Nave Aisle - The Annunciation

The Annunciation window is by Hugh Easton (1906-1965), who has been described as one of the outstanding artists in glass of the 20th century. He studied in France and had his glass studio in Cambridge. Amongst his most famous work is the Battle of Britain Memorial Window in Westminster Abbey.

The window in front of you contrasts with the earlier Victorian glass in the proportion of clear glass; this draws the eye to the figures of Mary and the Archangel, which are depicted in clear, bright colours. Beneath the main figures is a modern depiction of a lily crucifix: a depiction of the crucified Christ hanging, not on a cross, but on the stem and branches of a lily. (The reason for this image may be that, for a while in medieval times, it was believed that March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation, was the day of the year on which the crucifixion also took place. Thus the lily, potent symbol of Mary’s purity and sinlessness, was linked with the symbol of Christ on the cross.)

Hugh Easton’s signature of a weather vane marking the east can be seen in the bottom right hand corner.

Romsey Abbey - A Guide to the Stained Glass
  1. An Introduction
  2. The West Window
  3. South Nave Aisle - Abraham and Isaac
  4. South Nave Aisle - The Annunciation
  5. South Nave Aisle - St Anna and The Presentation in the Temple
  6. South Nave Aisle - Christ Healing the Blind Man
  7. South Transept - The Three Marys
  8. South Transept - The Dutton Windows
  9. South Transept - The Tollemache Windows
  10. The French Glass
  11. St Anne's Chapel - The Child Jesus in the Temple and The Epiphany Windows
  12. St Ethelflaeda's Chapel - The Crucifixion
  13. St Mary's Chapel - The Adoration of the Shepherds
  14. St George's Chapel - St Michael and the Dragon
  15. St George's Chapel - The Pool at Bethesda
  16. The North Choir Aisle - The Calling Window
  17. The East Windows
  18. North Transept - The Angel of Music
  19. The North Transept (north wall, left) - The Annunciation
  20. The North Transept (north wall, right) - The Holy Family
  21. The North Transept (west wall) - St Swithun
  22. North Nave Aisle 1 - Healing the Lame, The Good Samaritan, and Healing the Blind Man
  23. North Nave Aisle 2 - Christ the Good Shepherd & Suffer the Little Children