Artist/Studio: Hardman & Co, London, England, c.1869.
Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Building: St Mary’s Cathedral, Hobart.
Memorial: Bishop Willson & Vicar-General Hall.
Photos dated: 11th August 2012.
The five light Crucifixion window was the design of architect Henry Hunter who also designed St Mary’s Cathedral. The window was executed by Hardman & Co, England, and arrived on the ship ‘Runnymede’ in late August or early September of 1869. It is installed as the principal east window of St Mary’s cathedral Hobart.
“MEMORIAL TO THE LATE CATHOLIC BISHOP AND LATE VICAR GENERAL OF HOBART TOWN.- The committee in connection with the proposed memorial to the late Right Rev, Dr. Willson, Bishop of Hobart Town, and the late very Rev. William Hall, D.D., Vicar General, recently held a meeting in St. Joseph’s school room, the very Rev. William Dunn, Vicar General, in the chair. We take the report of the proceedings from the Mercury. The minutes of the previous meeting having been read and confirmed, and several subscriptions handed in the chairman requested Mr. Henry Hunter to favour the meeting with a view of the intended memorials. The designs were examined by all present with considerable interest, their nature having been previously explained by Mr. Hunter. The larger plan embraced sketches of the stained glass to be placed in the great chancel window of St. Mary’s Cathedral, as a joint memorial to the late Bishop and his Vicar-General. A design was also exhibited of a monumental brass to be inlaid on a marble slab, which will be placed over the tomb of the late Vicar general in the transept of the cathedral. It is deserving of notice that the chief portion of the proposed memorial window comprises precisely the same emblems as those suggested several years since by the late lamented Bishop, whose plan for the chancel window of the cathedral, adopted by himself, is still in existence. With reference to the joint memorial, the window consists of five lights, the centre one being filled with a representation of the “Crucifixion of Our Saviour.” The subjects occupying the side lights are the “Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin,” the “Nativity of Our Lord,” the “Resurrection,” and the “Ascension,” each surmounted by an elaborately enriched canopy. The beautiful tracery of the window head is treated symbolically, each trefoil being filled by an angel bearing various emblems of the Passion. The centre bears the type of the Holy Ghost. At the bottom of the centre light is a shield on which are the arms of the late Bishop Wilson. Along the whole lower part of the window on the glass will be a Latin inscription containing the dedication of the memorial. The contrasts and combinations of the colours are chaste and highly effective. The window, which is being executed by Messrs. Hardman and Co., Birmingham, will undoubtedly rank very high amongst the many works of art now in the colonies. The memorial to the late Vicar-General is also being prepared by the same firm. This consists of a black marble polished slab, with inlaid brass figure of a vested priest, and rich border containing suitable inscriptions. Both memorials are to be ready for shipment by the end of the year. Their cost will be about £400, which is being raised by subscriptions throughout the colony. The Catholics have been most generously aided by many of the numerous friends and admirers of all denominations of the late deservedly esteemed prelate and Vicar-General”.
This window was restored in 2005 by Gavin Merrington of South Hobart in partnership with Cummins & Stehn (Gerry Cummins & Jill Stehn) of Eumundi, Queensland.
In 1871 another memorial window, also by Hardman & Co, was erected in St Joseph’s Church in Hobart as a memorial to Rev’s Wilson & Hall. See: http://wp.me/p2yCYO-2O
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