Left: Whole window. Right: Detail from "Feeding the Five Thousand." [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

Feeding the Five Thousand; Raising Jairus's Daughter, by John Hardman & Co., with a closer view of the scene in the miracle of "Feeding the Five Thousand" 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 its early years, and here in the north aisle showing his miracles and teachings. It is interesting to compare this one with the later and larger (five-light) north transept window depicting the same miracle on a much larger scale. That one is certainly a tour de force, but this little boy with his basket of rolls and his fish on a platter is very appealing too, as he looks up hopefully at the commanding and reassuring figure above him.

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.

Related Material


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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