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St. Christopher, Molesworth, Cambridgeshire ( Ely) : Later C.15, Detail, the Hermit

St. Christopher, detail showing Hermit [59KB] This detail shows (left) the Hermit with, held on a pole, his huge lantern (the lantern, representing the light of true religion, is always large, but this example is enormous). Behind the Hermit, his hermitage, shaped like a sentry-box, is very typical of buildings painted on church walls in the 15th century, but the carefully reproduced half-timbering is very rare indeed. There are faint traces of two shields-of-arms at the top corners of this painting; one is thought to be that of a local man called Forster, who became Lord Mayor of London in 1454 - he may have paid for this St. Christopher to be made, perhaps to celebrate his Mayorship.

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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