Left: Whole window in its setting. Right: Closer view of the figures. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

St Matthew and St Luke, by John Hardman & Co., installed in 1880 in William Butterfield's St Matthew's Church, Ashford, Surrey. This is the second window in the south aisle, and it was installed in memory of Elisabeth Dickinson, who had died in the previous year. The plaque below the window tells us that Elisabeth was the wife of the vicar, the Rev. Frederick B. Dickinson, and that she was only 38 years old when she died.

It is a good idea to have some information by these windows: the little notice here explains how Matthew came to follow Jesus, from Matthew 9: "Jesus saw a man named Matthew at his seat in the custom-house, and said to him 'Follow me,' and Matthew followed him." St Luke is shown with his symbol, the ox, and his doctor's pestle and mortar, and so on, in the background — also, a palette, and a small picture of the Madonna and Child, because St Luke is also the patron saint of artists. Both apostles are shown at the moment of calling, and the feeling here may be that Elisabeth too was "called," to her greater glory.

Photographs, text and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use these images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one.

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Eberhard, Robert. "Stained Glass Windows at St Matthew's, Ashford, Surrey." Church Stained Glass Windows. Web. 12 March 2017.

8 November 2016