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I.M. Charles William Owen [Oct. 31st, 2018|08:57 am]
Tony Grist

Lt Col Charles William Owen (1853-1922) was a military doctor in India- serving as personal surgeon to General Roberts and afterwards as medical advisor to the Maharajah of Patiala. Having returned home, he took the post of Director of the Sussex division of the British Red Cross. His memorial window in Westham church isn't particulary impressive as a work of art but the subject matter is unusual. The central light shows St Luke "the beloved physician"- flanked by lights depicting a European doctor at work in India and Red Cross volunteers tending the wounded in the Great War.

[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-10-31 12:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever come across anything like that before. Makes a very nice change from the ubiquitous Victorian stained glass.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-31 01:02 pm (UTC)
I rarely give Victorian glass much more than a cursory glance; I rarely feel its piety is the least bit sincere. 20th century glass on the other hand can be quirky and interesting. Some of it even has artistic merit.
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