Left: Whole window. Right: close up of the central figures. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

The Ascension, by John Hardman & Co., with a closer view of Jesus on the right. This is the north transept window, installed in 1877, in Alexander Ross's Inverness Cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew, Inverness-shire, Scotland. This is really a climactic scene, as far as Jesus's life on earth goes (the west window shows him in heaven on the Day of Judgement.) The inscription at the bottom reads, "Then he was parted from them and carried up" (from Luke 24, 51). Hardman's didactic scheme had started at the east end of the nave with the Annunciation, following Jesus's life through to the Crucifixion in the apse, the Ascension here, in this north transept window, and finally the Last Judgement in the west window. The rest of the windows may be "clearly drawn archaic designs in bright colours" (Gifford 189), but this one has grisaille quarries both in the tracery lights and in the two outermost lights. This has the effect of framing the central figures (Mary is given prominence among those on the ground), as if they were in an Old Master painting.

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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