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Jersey Christmas Stamps 2015

Jersey Christmas Stamps 2015 : Parish churches Stained Glass Windows

Jersey Christmas stamps featuring Bosdet’s work of beautiful Stained Glass Windows as found in the Jersey’s parish churches.

The Christmas stamps shows the sections from pairs of panes found in the parish churches of St Martin, St Helier, St Saviour and St Brelade in Jersey.

The Stained Glass windows depict the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary during the Annunciation, which appears often in Bosdet’s work.

It is the announcement by Gabriel to Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus.

Jersey Christmas Stamps : Stained Glass Windows

# St Martin’s Parish Church
The Virgin Mary sits in profile, her hands resting on a book on her lap. She wears a deep blue cloak, a colour still associated with Mary today.

She sits in a garden, cobbles beneath her feet with the Holy Ghost in traditional dove form facing her.

# St Martin’s Parish Church
The Archangel Gabriel sits in profile, wearing a deep red cloak and sage green gown. He stands on a cloud, with his right hand raised in greeting and a lily in his left hand.

# Parish Church of St Helier
The Archangel Gabriel sits in profile, standing on a cloud beneath an architectural canopy and holding a Madonna lily in his left hand.

# Parish Church of St Helier
The Virgin Mary sits in ¾ profile with a spinning wheel and distaff, a stick that held a quantity of wool or flax from which thread was spun.

# St Brelade’s Parish Church
The Archangel Gabriel, holding a lily, symbol of purity and virginity, addresses Mary.

# St Brelade’s Parish Church
The Virgin Mary sits before a lectern bearing an open book showing the text: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.

# St Saviour’s Parish Church
Archangel Gabriel, with a flaming halo and lily in his right hand, greets the Virgin Mary.

# St Saviour’s Parish Church
The Virgin Mary is seated, head inclined with eyes downcast. Above her flies the dove of the Holy Ghost. A view of Nazareth can be seen through the bars of the window behind the Virgin Mary.

Jersey Christmas Stamps 2015 FDC

About Henry Thomas Bosdet

Henry Thomas Bosdet was born in Jersey in 1856 and became famous for his stained glass windows, many of which can be found in Jersey’s parish churches.

His work is celebrated as being exquisite and outstanding, not just for its richness in colour, but for the balance of composition combined with the quality of drawing in the portrayals of religious characters.

Bosdet’s tones cleverly rely on the light, which creates the effect of the windows being in a constant state of change depending on the time of day, or the light inside the church.

Title: Jersey Christmas Stamps : Parish churches Stained Glass Windows
Date of Issue: 27 November 2015
Country: Jersey
Denominations: 42, 47, 52, 57, 64, 73, 95, 1.15

Source: Jersey Stamps

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