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An Annunciation in the chancel of the church, on the south wall. Gabriel, barefoot and holding a scroll in his left hand, salutes Mary with his right. His voluminous robes have traces of what looks like gold-coloured pigment on them, and he probably once had a golden halo.
Mary, wearing similar ample draperies, also has conspicuously bare feet - a very unusual detail since Mary is often the only figure in a group (in, say, a painting of the Ascension), identifiable because she is wearing shoes. Presenting the Virgin unshod like this stresses her ordinariness until this moment, and her humility as well. I do not know of another barefoot virgin in the English parish church, and this painters wiry, linear (despite the fullness of the draperies which would once have been areas of solid colour) style is a distinctive one.
Tristram saw small kneeling figures, presumably donors¹, below this painting; these can be glimpsed at the lower corners of the photograph, but they have been reduced to traces now. Some of the very fine painted decoration - including a a very clear running stag - also in the chancel at Martley is on this site, and other paintings in the church will be in due course.
Website for St Peters, Martley
¹Tristram 111, p. 222
|St. Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Corby Glen, Lincs||St. Anne & Virgin/Miracles of Virgin, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks||Annunciation/Visitation, Ashampstead, Berkshire||Annunciation, Barnby, Suffolk|
|Annunciation, Chalgrove, Oxon.||Annunciation, Little Melton, Norfolk||Annunciation, Gisleham, Suffolk||Annunciation, Slapton, Northants|
|Annunciation, Sth. Newington, Oxfordshire||Annunciation, Tarrant Crawford, Dorset||Annunciation, Martley, Worcestershire||Annunciation/Visitation, Faversham, Kent|
|Annunciation/Visitation/Nativity, Newton Green, Suffolk||Annunciation/Visitation, Pinvin, Worcs||Annunciation-Fring, Norfolk||Visitation, Dale Abbey, Derbys|
|Visitation, Salisbury (S.Thomas), Wilts.||The Burial of the Virgin, Pickering, N.Yorks NEW||Death, Burial & Coronation of the Virgin, Sutton Bingham, Somerset||Coronation of the Virgin, Black Bourton, Oxon|
|Background to Statue, with painted angels, Brent Eleigh, Suffolk||Virgin Enthroned, with angels, Arundel, Sussex||Virgin Enthroned, with donors, Cawston, Norfolk||Life of the Virgin, Broughton, Oxon.||Virgin & Child, with wand and apple, South Newington, Oxford||Virgin & Child, with sceptre & orb(?), Wickhamford, Worcs.||Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Beckley, Oxon.||Virgin suckling the Christ Child, Belchamp Walter, Essex|
|Death, Burial, Assumption & Coronation of the Virgin, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire||Virgin intervening at the Weighing of Souls, Lathbury, Buckinghamshire||The Annunciation/St Anne teaching the Virgin to read, Chapel of Our Lady of Bradwell, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire NEW||Virgin & child enthroned/With SS Margaret, Catherine & Mary Magdalene, Little Wenham, Suffolk NEW|
© Anne Marshall 2001