Artist/Studio: William Montgomery, Melbourne, 1905
Location: Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.
Building: St Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Photos dated: 19th Dec 2011.
“STAINED GLASS WINDOW FOR ST. PATRICK’S CHURCH, WANGARATTA.
Mr. W. Montgomery, artist in stained glass, of Alfred Place, Collins-street East, has just completed a magnificent stained glass window of four lights for the St. Patrick’s Church, Wangaratta. It will be erected at the rear of the organ gallery. each light is 13ft by 3ft. It is one of the finest specimens of the stainer’s art to be seen in this State. The subjects are the Sacred Heart of Jesus, representing Our Lord appearing to Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque. The Divinity beams from every feature, and admonition of Our Lord is recalled to the mind of the beholder – “Learn of me, because I am meek and humble of heart.” The holy nun is represented in an attitude of profound adoration and devotion. The next light is that of “The Immaculate Conception.” Angels support the Queen of angels and of men. The treatment of this and other lights, whilst bold, is also delicate, expressing the Christian sympathy of the artist. St. Stanislaus Kostka, holding the Divine Infant in his arms (which recalls the incident in his life wherein Our Lady brought the Divine Child to him), holds a rosary, and appears to fully realise the unique privilege bestowed on him. At the foot of the Sacred Heart, light, angelic forms hold scrolls, in which are the words – “Behold the Heart which has so loved men,” beneath the Immaculate Conception, “Queen of Angels, pray for us;” and beneath the Patron of Poland, “St. Stanislaus Kostka.” The tracery work is very fine and greatly enhances the work, whilst the skill of the artist is seen in the Rich antique glass, first-class workmanship, delicate shading, combine to form a genuine work of art – one that reflects credit on the artificer, and tends to for the opinion that Australian art is able to hold its own with the outside world. The canopies are of the late decorative period. The lights, viewed near or far, are seen to be excellent in every detail. Under tests through glasses, the features, tracery work, bordering, etc., give one the idea that he is viewing a fine painting on canvas. The artist has been particularly fortunate in drawing the figure of Our Blessed Lord in such proportions as to fill the space to a nicety. We understand that this first-class house has executed orders for churches, convents, etc., not only in Victoria, but in various parts of the Commonwealth, including New South Wales and Tasmania.”