St. Michael & All Angels, Lyndhurst
2-December-2011
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Many people drive past St. Michael’s in Lyndhurst without realising the wonderful works of art inside.

These include a large fresco on the east wall by Frederick Leighton (later to become Lord Leighton and president of the Royal Academy of Art) and windows on the east and south side by the Pre-Raphaelites, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and William Morris. The windows on the north side are by Clayton and Bell (1903) and on the west side by Charles Kempe.

Picture 1: Whilst visiting his friend Captain Hamilton Aide in Forest Bank, Lyndhurst in 1862, Frederick Leighton offered to paint a fresco free of charge on the east wall of St. Michael’s church. Frescos had not previously been successfully painted in this country due to the damp climate, but Leighton was keen to try out a new technique. He went ahead with the fresco (Wise and Foolish Virgins) in 1863 and it was to become one of his most successful works.

Picture 2: The east and south windows are mostly designed by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones in 1862/3 together with work by William Morris and Rossetti.

William Allingham who was living in Lymington at the time was a friend of the Pre-Raphaelites. He mentioned a visit to the church in 1863 -

Tuesday, Wednesday, 7-8.  .....  Slept at the Crown, Lyndhurst — Church, window designed by Jones; Fresco, half done, of the 'Foolish Virgins' by Leighton.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Fresco by Frederick Leighton
 
Windows by Burne-Jones
 
St. Michael & All Angels, Lyndhurst