Christ blessing the little children

Christ blessing the little children

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt ARA (1833-1898)

This design for a stained glass window seems to provide the matching half of the subject found at various churches, including Hillhead church, Glasgow, Sparsholt, Wadhurst, and St. Cyprian's Chapel, Eastbourne.

As Hilary Morgan explains, "The subject derives from the Gospel narratives of Matthew, Mark and Luke, who recount that Jesus welcomed children to him. '13. Then were brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. 14. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto Me: for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven" (Matthew: XIX, 13-5).

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow

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