Left: Whole window. Right: Jesus in the carpenter's shop. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Jesus among the Doctors; Jesus in the Carpenter's Shop, by John Hardman & Co., with a closer view of the scene in the carpenter's shop on the right. These nave windows were installed in 1869-70 in Alexander Ross's Inverness Cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew, Inverness-shire, Scotland. Hardman's didactic scheme starts at the east end of the nave with the Annunciation, following Jesus's life through to this point on the south side. Here is Jesus very actively hammering with chisel and mallet, leaning into his work; Joseph holding a piece of wood on edge and perhaps sandpapering it; and Mary turning round from her spinning to watch her son, distaff in hand — a typically busy scene of family harmony and shared endeavour.

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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