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Little survives on the left, but the kneeling Virgin and a group of risen dead (detail, below left), largely reduced to outlines of their legs, are still visible. What looks like a pair of upraised hands, the left fairly clear, painted in dark grey to the left of the Virgin may be a misleading detail introduced by restoration - it is very hard to be sure. On the right hand side, Hell is also damaged and obscure in parts, but the outline of the Hell-mouth (below, right), with a fiery-looking beard painted in yellow is still clear.
Inside the mouth, a group of the damned, and a linked chain surrounding them, can just be seen, and so can a small, squat, brownish-black devil with small horns who is probably hauling on the end of the chain. This devil may also be brandishing something - I would like to think that it is the jug belonging to a fraudulent ale-wife who sometimes features in Doom paintings, but that may be wishful thinking.
This was probably once a more skilled painting than appears now after the garish restoration. But, as so often with this subject, it is the small, local details - the encroaching devil, perhaps claiming what he regards as his legitimate prey, and the flying angel about to do battle with him, that help to show how Death, Hell, Heaven and Judgement were presented to worshippers in the English rural church.
|Ashampstead, Berkshire||Attleborough, Norfolk (Christ in Majesty)||Bacton, Suffolk||Bartlow, Cambridgeshire (Weighing)||Beckley, Oxfordshire||Bishopsbourne, Kent (Weighing)|
|Blyth, Nottinghamshire||Bradfield, Norfolk||Broughton, Bucks.||Broughton, Cambs||Catherington, Hampshire (Weighing)||Chelsworth, Suffolk|
|Chesterton, Cambs.||Corby Glen, Lincs||Coventry (Holy Trinity Church), Warwickshire||Croughton, Northants (Weighing) NEW||Dauntsey, Wiltshire NEW||Flamstead, Herts.|
|Great Harrowden, Beds||Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire||Houghton Conquest, Beds (Christ in Majesty)||Ickleton, Cambs.||Lenham, Kent (Weighing) NEW||Marston Moreteyne, Beds|
|Marton, Cheshire||Newington-next-Sittingbourne, Kent||North Cove, Suffolk||Oddington, Gloucestershire||Pickworth, Lincs||Potter Heigham, Norfolk|
|Rotherfield, E.Sussex (Doom)||Rotherfield, E. Sussex (Weighing)||Salisbury, Wilts||Slapton, Northants (Weighing)||South Leigh, Oxon (Doom)|
|South Leigh, Oxon (Weighing)||Stoke-by-Clare, Suffolk||Stratford-On-Avon, the Guild chapel, Warwickshire NEW||Wenhaston, Suffolk||West Somerton, Norfolk||Widford, Herts|
|Wissington, Suffolk||Yaxley, Suffolk|
© Anne Marshall 2001