Christ's Baptism and the child Christ helping in the carpentry shop

Clayton & Bell

c. 1856

St. Mary's, Sunbury

Stained glass

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Designers of stained glass windows often followed St. Paul and paired St. John the Baptist's baptism of Jesus with Moses Striking the Rock, thus making the baptism the fulfillment of the Old Testament event. Here the represented events occur out of chronological order or at least the usual ways of depicting it. Millais's early painting, Christ in the House of His Parents (1850), which incidentally includes the young John the Baptist, is one of the most famous representations of its subject.