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It is hard to decide whether Adam is holding Eves hand, or grasping her firmly by the wrist, but whichever it is, the two figures are touching in their naked vulnerability and the simplicity with which they are painted. Adams face bears a strong resemblance to that of the mounted Magus in the contemporary Adoration of the Magi at Black Bourton only a few miles away. Not enough, I think, to claim that the same painter was responsible for both, but intriguing all the same.
To the left on the west wall of the chapel is the story of Cain and Abel. Opposite that, on the east wall and now on the site, are two paintings of scenes from the Infancy of Christ - identifiable, I think, as the Massacre of the Innocents and the Presentation in the Temple. There is some decorative painting in the nave of the church and a small 15th century panel of St. George (the church is dedicated to him) in stained glass. Kelmscott was the church of the English designer William Morris, who lived at neighbouring Kelmscott Manor. He looked with a jaundiced eye at over-restored medieval churches and in 1877 founded the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings as a result. He certainly played a part in ensuring that the essential repairs to and restoration of the church in the late 19th century were as discreet and careful as they could be.
|Creation of the Animals(?)/Fall & Expulsion from Paradise, Chalfont S. Giles, Bucks.||Expulsion from Paradise, Kelmscott, Oxon||Adam Delving & Eve Spinning, Bledlow, Bucks.||Expulsion from Paradise/Adam delving & Eve Spinning, Broughton, Cambs.|
|Scenes from the Creation of Eve to the Expulsion, Easby, N. Yorks||The Fall & its Aftermath, Hardham, Sussex||Cain & Abel, Kelmscott, Oxon||Moses with Commandments (painted image & text), Stokesay, Shropshire|
|The Sacrifice of Isaac, Launcells, Cornwall||Levi, patriarch of Israel, Burton Latimer, Northants NEW|
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