Oh the joy of finding bright and very confidently pink glass in a stained glass window. Not a pale imitation, not a fearful apology, but an out and proud pink which draws the eye, brightens your day, and makes you wonder about the person who used it instead of the more usual stained glass colours.
There isn't that much of it about. When I did a stained glass course with Sasha Ward recently, I tried to find some truly pink glass to take with me but without success, and I've been reading about Wilhelmina Geddes' difficulties in obtaining exactly the right shade of deep pink glass (which she used sparingly and to great effect). So it seems hot/magenta pink is not that popular.
It certainly wasn't in the nineteenth century when many firms were concentrating on medieval palettes of blue/red/green/yellow; it makes me think there was something mildly shocking about a really good pink.
So when I saw the way the (unknown) Victorian designer of this window used shocking pink not to shock but to create popping highlights in what is an otherwise simple, beautifully clear combination of sapphire blue and white plus a little old-gold, I was delighted. I'm not that interested in the subjects, but I absolutely love the way he has pieced the sections together, as if using different fabrics in a controlled range of shades and patterns, to make the best possible whole. The black lines and painting are like seams, borders, and stitching, so that it's possible to stand back from the window, scrunch up your eyes, and see a lovely quilt here.
This is a pretty unusual window for its time in terms of the clarity of the colours, the way it uses white (clear) glass and a very limited numbers of colours, one of which is very pink pink. The subjects may be traditional and what you'd expect of the nineteenth century, but their treatment is anything but.
Sadly for such an interesting window, I can't find out anything about the date or maker. But it's in a wonderful church in Peterborough where they have a cafe with lots of tea and cake on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.