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Goxhill (nr.Immingham), Lincs (‡Lincoln) Crucifixion, c.1450

Photo:T.Marshall Crucifixion, with Mary & John, Godshill [119KB]
This ‘detached’ Crucifixion is on the east wall of the now-blocked south porch, which would once have been the parishioners’ usual entrance to the church. There was another subject here, perhaps the Entombment, and traces of it still remain.
Mary stands to the left, and St. John the Evangelist to the right, of the crucified Christ. All three figures are fairly stocky and solid in the usual 15th century ‘realistic’ fashion, and they do not compare for elegance to their counterparts at, say, Brent Eleigh (link below), but they have been painted with a good deal of skill nevertheless. There is some blue on John’s robe, and traces of it on Mary’s, I think.
In all probability, this is a ‘devotional’treatment of the subject, intended to remind people entering the church why they were there, but it is also possible that there were other Passion scenes elsewhere in the body of the church, as well as the tentatively identified Entombment mentioned above. There may have been earlier painting beneath this, too, and possibly below it as well - horizontal lines suggesting the border of another subject are visible near the lower edge of this painting.

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Crucifixion, with Mary & John, Bapchild, Kent Crucifixion with 2 Thieves, Barnby, Suffolk Crucifixion with Mary & John, Brent Eleigh, Suffolk Crucifixion, painted on pillar, Broughton, Oxon Christ crucified on a lily, Godshill, Isle of Wight Crucifixion with Mary & John, Goxhill (nr.Immingham) Lincs
Background to Rood Group, with angels, Kingston, Cambridgeshire Crucifixion, Little Missenden, Bucks NEW Crucifixion with Mary & John, Turvey, Beds. Crucifixion, with Penitent Thief, Wisborough Green, Sussex

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