Jesus Receives the Cross, the second Station of the Cross. Designed by John Standen Adkins, assistant to the architect James Brooks, at St John the Baptist Church, Holland Road, Kensington, London. As noted when looking at the first "Station," the church's listing text says that these mosaics in their "aedicular surrounds" date from 1912-15, when Adkins was responsible for the church's completion, and there is no date on the plaque beneath this mosaic to contradict the assertion. It says only, "In Memoriam J. Robbins and Family." But the dates given below the two "Stations" on either side are both 1891, so it seems likely that this one too was from the earlier period. With their gold backgrounds and rich colours, these mosaics are all fine examples of late Victorian and early twentieth-century mosaic work. Here, Jesus raises his eyes to heaven as the cross is heaved up on his shoulder.

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"List Entry" (for St John the Baptist, Holland Road). Historic England. Web. 3 June 2015.

Created 3 June 2015