Left: Whole window. Right: The Three Magi. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

The Three Magi present their precious gifts to the infant Jesus; the Flight into Egypt, with a closer view of the Magi on the right, by John Hardman & Co. These nave windows were installed in 1869-70 in Alexander Ross's Inverness Cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Hardman is still following his didactic scheme in the south aisle, and shows that the King currently making his offering (which looks like a golden chalice) has taken off his crown and set it at Mary's feet. The light of the Holy Spirit streams on Mary as she holds the infant. There are some foreshadowings here, not only in the chalice (like the "cup" of suffering to which Jesus refers in the Garden of Gethsamane), but in the thorny stems arching overhead.

Photographs by Colin Price, reproduced here by kind permission of the cathedral; 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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Gifford, John. Highland and Islands. The Buildings of Scotland. London: Penguin, 1992.

"Inverness, Ardross Street, Cathedral Church of St Andrew." British Listed Buildings. Web. 11 January 2018.

"A Tour of the Cathedral." United Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness. Web. 11 January 2018.

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