Earnley is an incident in the largely characterless sprawl of seaside homes along the Sussex coast. Only it has an old church...
And the old church contains a rather lovely modern window (dedicated 1987) which was given in memory of the artist Yvonne Hudson Rusbridge. It shows Jonah in the belly of the great fish accompanied by mer-people blowing horns, while above them the Spirit of God moves upon the face of the waters. .
Here's a close up of one of the mermen
And here's Jonah
The window was made by P Soderberg, using Hudson Rusbridge's own designs.
I'm a fan of 20th century stained glass. I don't think the Victorians got it right, but the modern movement allowed artists to play around with primitivism and abstraction and the best modern glass (Chagall for instance) is as good as anything the Middle Ages produced.
Agreed. The stained glass in one the local Episcopal churches is Tiffany and quite nice. Victorian glass is often immediately recognizable as such. It's its own thing, I suppose, but I don't care for it either.
I am not a huge fan of modern stained glass but I quite like this window. It has fluidity and movement in teh design and the colours are lovely. The figure of Johnah as a medieval air to it despite its modernity.
There's a tiny little church just down the road from here- at a nowhere place called Tudeley- which has Chagall glass in every window. It was commissioned by a local plutocrat whose daughter died in a sailing accident. The predominant colour is a deep blue- for the sea she drowned in- and it's truly amazing.