The September issue of the Burlington Magazine has appeared, it includes an article by Max Donnelly, ‘”Such a noble face”: Vincent van Gogh, Daniel Cottier and the Northesk memorials’ .
In Max Donnelly’s article, we find Van Gogh admiring two large cartoons for stained-glass memorial windows of a mother and her daughter, at the premises of Cottier & Company in Pall Mall. This was in 1876, before Van Gogh had decided to devote himself to painting and when he was still trying to enter the Church. He mentions the two striking designs in a letter to his brother Theo. The author has discovered photographs of these designs which were made to commemorate Georgina, Countess of Northesk (1811–74), and her daughter, Lady Margaret Carnegie (1848–71), in windows in St Andrew’s Church, Owslebury, Hampshire (where the windows are still in situ). Van Gogh’s appreciation of art and his overriding religious feelings are encapsulated in this early incident.
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