Saint Luke

Saint Luke The Texas Window

Saint Luke, the Texas Window

Saint Luke, the Texas Window was unveiled in Blandford Church on May 26, 1912, and features the physician who was the disciple of Saint Paul. He is portrayed in deep contemplation and holds a rolled parchment denoting the authorship of his gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. Saint Luke’s hair is trimmed close to his head, giving him a very Romanesque appearance, although many biblical scholars believe he was Greek.

In a technique used sparingly by Tiffany, the details of Saint Luke’s hair, hands and feet have been added in paint. Although Tiffany succeeded in producing believable flesh-toned glass, which had not been done before, he had to admit that he was restricted to paints and glazes for delicate features and fine shadings to give faces and limbs a three-dimensional effect. (Martha Wrenn Briggs, The Compass Windows of Old Blandford Church)  This particular technique is used throughout all of the figured windows in Blandford Church.

In the contract with the Tiffany Studios for the Texas window, the cost of the window is $350, with a $35 fee for “sash protection, freight and setting.” This was the standard charge for each of the now priceless compass windows installed in the church between 1904 and 1912.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy  Martha Wrenn Briggs’ book for $16.85, please call the Blandford Church Reception Center at (804) 733-2396 for further information. The Church is now managed by the Petersburg Preservation Task Force. Winters hours of operation beginning Nov. 1 are: Thursday- Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., the last tour beginning  at 3:00 p.m.

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Saint Luke, photography by John Rooney

Blandford Church is now managed by the Petersburg Preservation Task Force and is open for tours on the hour, Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., with the last tour beginning each day at 4:00 p.m.


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Featured image provided by John Rooney