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The rather small Christ Child, who holds a red apple, is held on her right arm, his free hand resting on his mothers neck. The pair stand within a painted niche elaborately canopied, its background patterned with scrollwork. Below them is an illusionistic painted corbel with a shield bearing the arms of Giffard (three lions passant argent). To the left are two kneeling figures, hands extended in prayer. The upper, male, figure wears a long hooded robe which was once striped red and green, and a black girdle. This latter has a purse with a lock, still quite visible, on it, and a prominently displayed dagger thrust through it. Below the man is a woman, conventionally dressed in a green robe and white headress, part of her figure unfortunately damaged.
Nothing is certain, but all the evidence suggests that these people are Thomas Giffard and his wife Margaret Mortayne, and that they are the donors of this painting, and indeed, quite possibly of all the 14th century paintings in the church (there is also some 15th century work here). In all probability Thomas Giffard is also the man kneeling before St Michael in another painting newly added to this site, in the church. The Annunciation at South Newington, which also includes the arms of Mortayne, has been on the site for some time, as have the murder of St. Thomas Becket and the Execution of Thomas of Lancaster, a fascinating 15th century Passion Cycle and, newly on the site, St. Margaret and the Dragon.
Website for St Peter ad Vincula, South Newington
|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 2002