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Medieval Wall Painting
in the
English Parish Church

Molesworth, Cambridgeshire († Ely) Later C.15

St Christopher Detail, the Hermit

St Christopher, detail showing Hermit

This detail shows the Hermit with, held on a pole, his huge lantern (the lantern, representing the light of true religion, is always large, but this example is enormous). Behind the Hermit, his hermitage, shaped like a sentry-box, is very typical of buildings painted on church walls in the 15th century, but the carefully reproduced half-timbering is very rare indeed. There are faint traces of two shields-of-arms at the top corners of this painting; one is thought to be that of a local man called Forster, who became Lord Mayor of London in 1454 – he may have paid for this St Christopher to be made, perhaps to celebrate his Mayorship.

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