The Font in Saint Nicholas Brighthelmstone Church Sussex
alej ez constructions. Cut out paper template to make your own font in Saint Nicholas Brighthelmstone Church Sussex
This December 2023 I have marked my good wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous 2024 with the creation of a cut out design of the charming Norman font of St Nicholas Church in Brighton.
This font of great antiquity was carved approximately at the end 12th century from a single block of Caen stone. Four decorated panels depict St Nicholas saving the sailors, Christ’s baptism, the Last Supper and an unknown scene.
I have embellished this beautiful 1779 etching from The Antiquarian Repertory Vol III with colour.
For many years I lived opposite this lovely church in Brighton so it means a lot to me. In fact my first ever art fair in 2012 approx. was a dog show in the grounds of this church, I displayed my art respectfully on the tombstones, some of them of very remarkable people like Martha Gunn, Phoebe Hessel and Anna Maria Crouch. Martha Gunn 1776-1815, was famous as the “Queen of Dippers”, helping fashionable ladies in and out of the sea from their bathing machines.
As you do when in Brighton.