Stained Glass of All Saints picture 3(e) THE BLACKBURN WINDOW
(apologies for the poor quality, it will be redone, but too good to leave out).
This is the east window behind the high altar. The main figures are from left to right: St John the Baptist, St Anne teaching the Virgin to read and St Christopher. The figures are set under canopies with figures of prophets in the borders, a technique known as back painting and involves painting details on both sides of the glass to give it a slightly 3D feel to the glass. The pictures depict the particular spiritual interests of the Blackburn family, who donated the window in the 1420s. The head of the family, Nicholas Blackburn senior (who also gave the Corporal Acts of Mercy window) had a particular fondness for St Anne and founded a chantry in the chapel of St Anne on Fossbridge, which he adorned with his best chalice and best vestment. Nicholas senior and his son Nicholas junior and their respective wives are shown kneeling at the bottom of the window on each side of the Holy Trinity. Nicholas senior is dressed in armour with a heraldic surcoat, a curious portrayal of a merchant, but probably refers to his brief status as Admiral of the Northern Fleet in 1406-1407. The shield of arms of the Blackburn family is a white lion on a red background, seen in the top right of the bottom left and right lights.
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