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This is a finished design for the central panel of a stained glass window in the south aisle of All Saints Church, Selsey, Gloucestershire. Several of Rossetti's friends are said to have sat as models for the various figures: The novelist George Meredith for the figure of Christ; Christina Rossetti for the Virgin, though the face is not unlike that of Elisabeth Siddal; Mary Magdelene bears a strong resemblance to Fanny Cornforth, whilst Algernon Swinburne and Simeon Soloman were said to be the models for St John and St James; William Morris as St Peter and Gambart, an art dealer (whom Rossetti disliked) as Judas.

Details

  • Title: Design for 'The Sermon on the Mount' stained glass
  • Creator: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Date Created: c.1861
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Type: design
  • Rights: © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Physical Dimensions: 73.5 x 54.2 cm
  • Object Number: A210
  • Medium: ink on paper
  • Credit line: Cecil French bequest, 1954

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