Artist/Studio: Charles Clutterbuck, England, c.1864.
Location: South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Building: All Saints, Macquarie Street.
Conservation work: Gavin Merrington, 2012-2013
Photos dated: 8th October 2010 & 12-13th August 2012.
“Considerable improvements have also, within the past couple of weeks been made in two of uro [sic: our] principal Episcopalian churches, namely, St. John’s and All Saints’, by the erection in them of two very beautiful memorial windows of stained glass imported from England by the ship Broadwater. Both these windows are intended as memorials of deceased members of the Gellibrand family. The window in St. John’s is commemorative of the head of the family in the colony, and is placed in St. John’s Church. The window contains two lights, and the subjects illustrated are, Christ walking upon the Water, and the Agony in the Garden, the heads being filled in with angels in the act of adoration. That in All Saints’ is to the memory of Mr. Gellibrand, and consists of three lights painted in groups of figures, representing the Corporal Works of Mercy, the heads being filled in with angels. Both windows are really magnificent works of art, being in quite modern style, and free from all conventionalism in treatment, as shown by some bits of landscape effect which are most charmingly truthful to nature. They are the production of the celebrated house of Clutterbuck, so famous for skill and taste in the art of church embellishment”.
Joseph Tice Gellibrand (1786–1837) was the first Attorney-General of Van Diemen’s Land and disappeared on an expedition to explore the hinterland of Port Phillip in 1837. He and his companion, G. B. L. Hesse, were presumed to have lost their horses and perished. The mystery of their disappearance was reportedly never solved but an article in the Hobart Courier in 1844 seems to be a likely conclusion to Gellibrands demise at the hands of Aboriginals from the “Panyork” tribe in 1842 near Barrett River, West of Cape Otway.
The Corporal Works of Mercy:
The Corporal Works of Mercy are in Matthew 25:31-46, in The Judgment of Nations, six specific works of mercy are spoken of, as the reason for the salvation of the saved, and the omission of them as the reason for damnation. The last work of mercy, burying the dead, comes from the Book of Tobit and is not shown as a scene in the All Saints three light window.
The following Corporal works of Mercy are matched to the exact text below each of the six scenes in the triple light window of All Saints South Hobart:
1. To feed the hungry; “HUNGRY AND YE FED ME”
2. To give drink to the thirsty; “THIRSTY AND YE GAVE ME DRINK”
3. To clothe the naked; “NAKED AND YE CLOTHED ME”
4. To harbour the harbourless; “A STRANGER AND YE TOOK ME IN”
5. To visit the sick; “SICK AND YE VISITED ME”
6. To ransom the captive; “IN PRISON AND YE CAME TO ME”
7. To bury the dead. (this is old testament and not included in the All Saints window).
13th August 2012,, Tasmania’s Stained Glass Conservator, Gavin Merrington, removes the 1864 Charles Clutterbuck window.
Biography: Gellibrand, Joseph Tice (1792–1837)
13-08-2012: The Clutterbuck window at All Saints undergoes restoration
The other Clutterbuck window mentioned as at St John the Baptist Church:
22-10-1864: St John the Baptist, Hobart
This window is undergoing restoration and conservation work by Gavin Merrington of ‘Original stained Glass’, Hobart, starting in August 2012 with projected re-installation in mid 2013.
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