Vigilate et Orate
Sir Joseph Noel Paton, RSA
The Sandringham Museum
This is the central painting of a triptych, so it has two paintings on either side. Those two are replicas of larger originals, but this one is an original, commissioned by Queen Victoria as the centrepiece. The works were for the private chapel at Osborne on the Isle of Wight, and were installed there in 1885, but later given by Queen Mary to St Mary's Church, Anmer, near Sandringham in Norfolk. The triptych deteriorated because of the damp and in 1985 was brought to Sandringham House and restored. The church currently displays only copies of the works. [Commentary continues below.]
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