All Saints' ChurchDiscover a dozen Marc Chagall stained-glass windows
Credit: Klaus D. Peter
Any Chagall fans out there? Did you know that you don’t have to visit Limousin’s Le Saillant Chapel in France, or the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem, to see Chagall’s exquisite stained glass windows? In fact, All Saints’ in Tudeley is the only church in the world to be entirely decorated with Chagall’s windows. And, unlike other locations, they’re almost at eye-level, so it’s easy to see Chagall’s signature and his distinctive ‘scratch’ markings on the glass.
The reason for this unlikely location was the tragic death by drowning of Sarah D’Avigdor-Goldsmid. The untimely death of their daughter, aged 23, led Sir Henry and Lady D’Avigdor-Goldsmid to commission her much-loved artist, Marc Chagall, to design a commemorative window for their local church. Chagall was so impressed by the church that he reportedly said ‘It’s magnificent. I’ll do them all’, and went on to design the remaining 11 windows. As a result, this tiny 12th-century church hosts a unique collection of Chagall’s work – 12 stunning windows, created by glassworker Charles Marq.
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