TITLE: Archangel Gabriel; Archangel Michael

OBJECT TYPE: stained glass


BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Two stained glass lights one showing St Gabriel and the other St Michael. A war memorial window designed by A A Orr in about 1926.


PRODUCTION DATE: 1926 (circa)

PRODUCTION PERIOD: Early 20th Century

DESIGNER: Arthur Anselm Orr (21.10.1868 - 9.11.1949)

MANUFACTURER: Dix, Arthur, J (possibly)

SUBJECT: Archangel Gabriel; Archangel Michael

HOW ASSOCIATED: Original location

ASSOCIATED PLACE: Rockley Chapel, Rockley, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England

ASSOCIATED OBJECT: associated with ELYGM:1974.2.2, ELYGM:1974.2.3 and ELYGM:1974.2.4 (Faith, Hope and Love) acquired at the same time and from the same source (originally forming a three-light east window at Rockley Chapel) but now relocated to St Mary the Virgin Peldon, Colchester, Essex 8.2.1990


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Archangel Gabriel & Archangel Michael

St Gabriel is depicted in a tranquil rural scene (said to represent Rockley) with mountains, rainbow, doves and sheep. In contrast, the lancet window of St Michael, who is armed with a banner, shield and sword, depicts a war battlefield in the background. The window was erected in memory of the soldiers who died during the Frist World War 1914-1918. St Michael, who is often shown fighting the forces of evil, was a popular choice for war memorial windows. The barbed wire and ruined building shown in muted grey tones at the bottom of the window are evocative of the devastating effects of war. Orr designed windows for a number of commercial firms and studios up to the 1930s. He was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and much of his glass also has an elegant Art Nouveau feel.