St Stephen’s is a beautiful building that has inspired many works of art.
Pissaro at St Stephen’s
The French Impressionist Camille Pissaro painted St Stephen’s. This was one of several local scenes he painted during his time here and a replica of it hangs in the Church.
In our Sanctuary we have a rare example of an intact 19th century fresco, The Trial and Martyrdom of St Stephen by Sir Edmund Poynter, painted between 1871 and 1873.
The upper panel shows the Trial of St. Stephen at the moment when he cries out, ‘Behold I see the Heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.’
The lower panel shows his Martyrdom, including the figure of Saul, later to be St Paul, holding the cloaks of his executioners.
St Stephen’s Triptych
St Stephen’s owns a carved Nativity Triptych by the artist Charles Gurrey, whose other work includes figures above the West Door of Guildford Cathedral. Described as a ‘nativity frieze in oak’, it was commissioned in 1994 and is displayed under the nave altar during the Christmas season every year.
Christmas cards by Elo Allik-Schunemann
Elo is a local artist and frequently makes images of St Stephen’s. Among these is a series of Christmas cards which we sell each year to raise money for the Church.
For more artistic Dulwich visit our friends at Dulwich Picture Gallery.