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

The Good Samaritan; Healing the Lame, by John Hardman & Co., with a closer view of the Good Samaritan 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 early life on the south aisle, and his teachings and miracles in the north aisle. The popular scene of the Good Samaritan has all the usual ingredients — the passer-by walking on without stopping on the left-hand side, the ass quietly cropping the grass on the right, and the Samaritan tenderly ministering to the victim of a roadside robbery. Here, he is raising the man's head and giving him a reviving drink rather than seeing to his wounds. It is no surprise that the compassionate man is given a halo.

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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