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St.Christopher, Fritton, [near Great Yarmouth - there are 2 villages called Fritton in Norfolk], Norfolk ( NorwichC.14

[Photo:T.Marshall] St. Christopher, Fritton, Norfolk [46KB]

As is usual with earlier paintings of St. Christopher, this has little in the way of contextual scenes from the Saint’s life, but compared to some more elaborate versions, there is a gently attractive simplicity here.
Christopher’s tight-fitting tunic has a pattern of stems and leaves in green on blue still faintly visible in the original. His hat, with soft crown and upturned brim, is interesting too, as is his very plain staff, which shows no sign of the sprouting vegetation mentioned in the Golden Legend story and usually included by later painters.

There is ‘peacock’s eye’ and other diaper patterning in the background. An elegant scrollwork frame, very typical of 14th century work and best seen here running down the left-hand side, surrounded the painting.

The 12th century paintings of the Martyrdom of S.Edmund and associated subjects in the apse at Fritton are now on the site.

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

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