Norman BlameyOrdination 1956

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Artist
Norman Blamey (1914‑2000)
Title
Ordination
Date 1956
MediumOil paint on fibreboard
Dimensionssupport: 1524 x 889 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1990
Reference
T05799
Not on display

Summary

Norman Blamey was a member of the Anglo-Catholic movement, a group within the Church of England that stems form the nineteenth century Oxford Movement. As a child he had been an altar server at the Anglo-Catholic church of St Pancras Old Church, London, and from the 1950s to 1970s was Master of Ceremonies there. These interests shaped one of the main themes of his paintings, ecclesiastical ritual. Ordination itself was part of a project to depict the Seven Sacraments of the Latin Church: Baptism, Communion, Ordination, Confession and Absolution, Confirmation, Marriage, and Holy Unction. Of these, Blamey completed only the first four. Apparently Mrs Jessop-Price originally suggested the subject of ordination to Blamey; her husband, Canon Jessop-Price of St Paul's Cathedral, subsequently arranged for him to attend a service. In keeping with the Anglo-Catholic liturgy, Blamey's picture includes on the lower left, next to the Bible, a chalice containing wine and water on which rests a paten covered by a pall. Of these items, only the Bible would have been used in the ordination held at St Paul's… (read more)

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