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St.Christopher, Thurton, Norfolk ( NorwichC.14

[Photo:T.Marshall] St. Christopher, Thurton, complete (222KB)
This St. Christopher is obviously deeply unsatisfactory in its present condition, but I include it here in the interests of comprehensiveness, and there are some smaller photographs below which should help to make out details - and it is the details that interest lies here. The saint himself has almost disappeared, but the Christ child on his shoulders has an elaborate diadem and carries the orb of the world. St. Christopher, Thurton, detail, Christ Child The general outlines of these details, and of Christopher’s halo below them, should be discernible in the small photograph. The hermit with his lantern may be here as well, along with a stylized tree at the top left, but he is almost impossible to make out against the background. Lower down, things are a little clearer. The lower half of Christopher’s staff should be visible on the right of the large picture, and below and around it, various marine life swims. including a crab towards the centre and a little lower down and further right, a fine lobster. These, the crustaceans for which this part of the Norfolk coast (Thurton is very close to the sea) is famous, were obviously drawn from life by a fine artist who was very familiar with their anatomy, which makes it all the more regrettable that the central part of the painting has virtually disappeared.

Incidentally, Thurton is not to be confused with nearby Thurlton, which also has a painting of St. Christopher (with some impressive dolphins). The same painter? More than likely, I think.

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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April 17, 2011

Anne Marshall 2011