Panel

Moses

ca. 1811-1831 (made)

Miller, Joseph Hale

Height: 16.5 in approximate height based on comparable piece C.232-1928, Width: 27.75 in approximate width based on comparable piece C.232-1928

C.208-1928 CER

Panel of clear and coloured glass with painted details and yellow (silver) stain. Depicting the Prophet Moses. English, by Joseph Hale Miller, c.1811-31.

Panel of clear and coloured glass with painted details and yellow (silver) stain. Depicting the Prophet Moses.

In the early 19th century, Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgwater (1756–1829) purchased more than 120 panels of 16th-century stained glass from the former abbeys at Steinfeld and Mariawald in Germany. The surviving panels reveal that in their original settings the windows had depicted Old and New Testament scenes. These were arranged typologically (when persons or events in the Old Testament are paired symbolically with ones in the New Testament), one above the other. Donor panels were placed below, and panels depicting prophets above. The Christian church has always believed that God spoke through his prophets. They were seen as the deliverers of God’s messages concerning the future, including the Coming of the Messiah. In the medieval period Moses was included among them. Prophet panels are also known as ‘messenger panels’, because they convey divinely inspired prophecies or messages. When Francis Egerton began to install this glass in the windows of his chapel at Ashridge Park in Hertfordshire, he realised that the scheme was incomplete and that some of the original prophet panels were missing. He commissioned the stained-glass artist Joseph Hale Miller to make replacements.

Location: Sacred Silver & Stained Glass, room 83, case S4

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