Art

Stations of the Cross

artist : Donald (Don) Potter

Courtesy of English HeritageThis artist turned 100 in 2002 and his work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Dorset County Museum. Canterton Books also published a book by Vivienne Light, on his work. He died in 2004.

Don Potter was a musician and rope-spinner as well as a sculptor, metal worker and potter. He is something of a legend at Bryanston School where he taught for more than 40 years. He also worked for some years with Eric Gill.

Courtesy of English HeritageHis Stations of the Cross took some time to complete – the work on rebuilding the church began in 1958 and at the reconsecration in 1961 the 14 pieces were not yet finished. They must have been soon after as there is no record of any difficulty about this.

They are made in ceramic with all the colours and differing glaze effects achieved by firing the kiln with wood only. There are many motifs or through-lines to be noted in the series - hands, animals, observers.

Tester Clamour of Angels’ Wings

designed by the architect Antony Lewis
painted by Dorothy Rendell

Courtesy of English Heritage

This tester depicts the gathering of all the heavenly hosts above the altar, the place where the Eucharist is celebrated.

Altar The Ram in the Thicket

artist : Robert Dawson

Courtesy of  English Heritage

This artist also designed the dedication stone in the church porch.

The two altar panels, one facing the congregation and one facing away, are of cast bronze. The facing panel depicts the ram caught in the thicket in Genesis 22, the sacrifice provided by God, and thus foreshadows the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. A horned ram also has symbolic reference to the altar in the great temple of Solomon, which had horns at each of its four corners. Choosing this theme brings together both the Old and New Testament references.

On the reverse side is the Chi Rho. It is a monogram formed from the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek . Scholars have also commented that the combination also looks like a P and an X, which can indicate the Latin word Pax or Peace.

Robert Dawson died in 2012.

Glass Panels in Upper Chapel Doors

Designed by Heather Child and executed by Goddard and Gibbs Ltd.

These are explained in the Blue Book under the History page.

Font

Courtesy of Jeremy RichmontThis was designed by the architect Antony Lewis (as were the light fittings in the church) and made up by Harvey Brothers Masons. The cover was designed and made by Brian Wood.

 

 

 

Stained Glass in Back Chapel

There are two windows here, both designed and made by Lawrence Lee, who died in 2011. The larger one incorporates panels from the bombed out St Philip’s church and the smaller shows the symbols of all the destroyed churches nearby whose benefices were then reunited with St Matthew’s. These are St Philip’s, St Matthias’s, St Paul’s and St Andrew’s.

Saint Matthew

Courtesy of Adey GrummetThere is no record of the artist who carved this piece. It is a solid wood statue and was installed in 1978. Like all the statues in St Mattthew's, it has been moved to a number of sites within the church. It currently resides on the north-east side of the altar. If you took this photo, please let us know.

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