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St.Christopher, Raunds, Northants ( Peterborough) c.1420

Photo:T.Marshall St. Christopher, Raunds [35KB]
A particularly fine example restored by Eve Baker in 1963. The saint’s patriarchal white beard is unusual, and the contrast between the rather small Christ Child (who is now difficult to see against the patterned background) on his left shoulder and his own gigantic stature is striking. Fish are present in the stream, as usual, with a flatfish resembling a skate prominent (bottom, centre right, as if standing on its tail). The yellowish humped mass at the left represents the far bank of the river towards which Christopher is wading.

The background is patterned (or ‘diapered’) with a small ‘peacock’s eye’ design in red. These, symbolising immortality, are often found in paintings of St. Christopher.

Raunds has several other paintings - the Three Living & the Three Dead and the Seven Deadly Sins are also now on these pages

Website for St Peter’s, Raunds

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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