Closeup view of part of the stained glass windows at Bigelow Chapel in Mt. Auburn Cemetery. As we learned yesterday from Tom Johnson, the stained glass underwent a 2.5 million dollar renovation in 2006.
This panel shows a mother with two small infants depicting the tragedy of infant mortality. Click to enlarge for more detail. To see an outside view of the Bigelow chapel, visit Quincy Daily Photo.
Originally installed in 1846, the hand-painted glass chancel window measures 21 1/2 feet high by 9 feet wide and is composed of 36 panels containing over 4,000 individual pieces of blown glass. It is considered one of the important early works produced by the Edinburgh based Scottish firm of Ballantine and Allen that also created the now lost windows for the Houses of Parliament in London. It is one of the few examples of that firm’s early work that survive today. It is truly magnificent to see in person.
Update and correction
Tom Johnson, Family Services Coordinator at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, informs me the amount quoted for the restoration of the stained glass window actually covers the entire restoration of the chapel which included the beautiful chancel window, chapel roofs, repointing the pinnacles, woodwork, handicap accessible bathroom, kitchen area and more. I apologize for the confusion.
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