Cambridge, Jesus College Chapel

South transept east 2

Entries in grey are not obtained from documentary evidence, but are inferred from content, context, etc.

Date of manufacture and insertion
Number of lights
3
Maker
Morris, William & Co
Main subject
2a. The Delphic sibyl 2b. St Luke 2c. The Cimmerian sibyl
1a. Agony of Christ in Gethsemane; angel with chalice 1b. Scourging of Christ at the pillar 1c. Christ meets Mary—Christ carrying the cross
The predellas, designed by Ford Madox Brown, show events leading up to the Crucifixion.
Subject type
Figurative historical
Design
BJ 17 (2b)
  1. . Stratton, St Andrew, Chancel east. 2c.
  2. . Tavistock, St Eustachius, North aisle east. 3d.
Notes
  1. P Gardner-Smith, Chanticleer CXXXVIII, Michaelmas , pp 14–16.
  2. Sewter AC, The stained glass of William Morris and his circle, Volume Ⅱ, p 43–44. New Haven, Connecticut, USA, and London, UK, Yale University Press,
  3. The design for 1c (Bearing the Cross) was used in for Haltwhistle, Holy Cross, Chancel east

Whole window

sibylla delphica (The Delphic Sibyl)

2a. The Sibyl holds a scroll. This resembles the picture by Edward Burne-Jones of the Cumaean Sibyl, and it is suggested that Morris & Co switched the Delphic and Cumaean sibyls. The Sibylla Delphica was also later carried out as an oil painting, now in Manchester City Art Gallery.

sanctus lucas (St Luke)

2b. St Luke holds a book and quill pen and his symbol, a winged bull, is above his shoulders. Burne-Jones’ cartoon for this is in the Tate Gallery (3426).

sibylla cimmeria (The Cimmerian Sibyl)

2c. The Sibyl holds a large yellow volume. The relevant entry in Burne-Jones’ notebook names this as the Cumaean Sibyl, although it refers to the design used as the Cimmerian Sibyl. Burne-Jones’ cartoon for this is in the Tate Gallery (3427).

dabunt [autem] deo alapas manibus incestis (And they will give God blows with profane hands) (from a Greek prophesy attributed to a sibyl and translated into Latin by St Augustine of Hippo, De civitate Dei Book 18 Chapter 23)

1a. The Agony in Gethsemane. Jesus prays O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done (Matthew 26:42), an angel holds the cup and the disciples Peter, John and James sleep.

posuit dominus in eo iniquitate[m] omnium nostru[m] (and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all) (Isaiah 53:6)

1b. Christ is scourged at the pillar. On the left is a soldier leaning on a spear, and on the right a gaoler with a whip.

et impurato ore expuent venenatos sputos (and with impure mouth will spit out envenomed spittle) (from a Greek prophesy attributed to a sibyl and translated into Latin by St Augustine of Hippo, De civitate Dei Book 18 Chapter 23)

1c. Christ bearing the Cross. Jesus, wearing the Crown of Thorns, carries the cross, while the Blessed Virgin Mary, St John and Mary Magdalene, all kneeling, look up at him. Mary Magdalene has tears on her face.

Cambridge, Jesus College Chapel, South transept east 2

2b. St Luke, comparison image.