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Most of Thomas Denny’s stained glass windows are in churches, and their themes are scriptural. Several new projects, however, have also been celebrations or commemorations of remarkable people, incorporating their relationship with a particular place and landscape. At Gloucester Cathedral is the Ivor Gurney glass; this composer and poet, a kind of patron saint of mental illness, and speaker of beauty and anguish, had an intense connection with Gloucestershire, the land of his birth. Adjacent to the Gurney glass is now a Gerald Finzi window, an attempt to make a visual equivalent of the character and themes of his music. At Leicester Cathedral is a pair of windows installed with the re-interment of King Richard III. Here, stories that emerge from an individual life are intended to become stories for all of us: loss, courage, redemption.

 

Most of my windows are in churches, and their themes are scriptural. Several new projects, however, have also been celebrations or commemorations of remarkable people, incorporating their relationship with a particular place and landscape.

 
‘In thy light we shall see light’
— Psalm 36
‘She crieth at the gates’
— Proverbs 8
‘When I consider... the work of thy fingers... What is man, that thou art mindful of him?’
— Psalm 8
‘How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings’
— Isaiah 52.7
‘I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert’
— Isaiah 43.20
‘A land whose stones are iron’
— Deuteronomy 8