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St.Christopher, Burnham Overy, Norfolk ( Norwich) early C.15

[Photo:T.Marshall] S. Christopher, Burnham Overy (62KB)

The most striking thing about this painting of St. Christopher is its size. At a bare three feet wide, it is one of the smallest examples of the subject in England. Much colour has disappeared, and the painting is generally very faded, but HC Whaite, who saw it in the 1920s, reported traces of yellow pigment in the Christ Child’s halo and orb, along with some green in his robe and in flowering top of St. Christopher’s staff.

There was also once an inscription along the lower horizontal border, indecipherable now, but suggesting, as Whaite pointed out, an early fifteenth century woodcut as a more or less direct source. The absence of much in the way of extraneous detail (restricted to a single fish now appearing as a dark shape beside the saint’s left foot) is also indicative of a comparatively early date in the century.

More paintings of St. Christopher. Follow the links below for individual picture and text pages - in page heading = Diocese
Ashby St Ledgers, Northants Belton, Suffolk Burnham Overy, Norfolk Cottered, Hertfordshire East Wellow, Hants
Edingthorpe Norfolk Fritton, Norfolk Haddiscoe, Norfolk Hemblington, Norfolk Horley, Oxfordshire
Impington, Cambridgeshire Irstead, Norfolk Layer Marney, Essex Littlebourne, Kent Martlesham, Suffolk
Molesworth, Northants Oaksey, Wilts Paston, Norfolk Pickering, N. Yorks Raunds, Northants
Shorwell, Isle of Wight Slapton, Northants Stoke Dry, Rutland Thorpe Mandeville, Northants NEW Thurlton, Norfolk
Thurton, Norfolk NEW Wickhampton, Norfolk Willingham, Cambridgeshire Woodeaton, Oxon


Anne Marshall 2004