â€˜St Georgeâ€™ Stained Glass Window, Tolarno Hotel, St Kilda
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This elaborate staircase window in a converted St Kilda mansion is probably by Ferguson & Urie and dated c.1884. The window depicts a red-cloaked and fully armoured St George standing on the head of a dragon. Images of St George and the Dragon were popular in the nineteenth century, with this appeal being especially aided by Sir Walter Scottâ€™s reawakening of popular notions of chivalry in his writings. The outer border contains red and white Tudor roses interspersed with green leaves on a blue ground, while the solid looking pillars hold small medallion-shaped imprints of the Union Jack. Overall, the window represents a calm â€˜manlyâ€™ Victorian assurance in the face of determined opposition. Such a window can be interpreted as â€œan expansive declaration of the values and â€¦ institutions inherited from Britainâ€ (Beverley Sherry, Australiaâ€™s Historic Stained Glass, Sydney, Murray Child, 1991, p.44). Although little information is available regarding the mansionâ€™s original owner, it is thought that the house was built for someone engaged in local politics. Thus, St George killing the dragon makes an ideal theme for a grand staircase window in a house where integrity and propriety must be readily observable.
Brown, Ray (Photographer)
11 February 2001 (image)
Â© Ray Brown