Bancroft Memorial Window
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Date: 03/09/1930
Size: 0″H x 0″W
Medium: leaded-glass
Type: window
Published: Loux, Nancy M. The Stained Glass Windows of Immanuel Church, Highlands. Wilmington, DE: Immanuel Episcopal Church, Highlands, 1996: #9.
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Inscription: lm left panel: DESIGNED BY F. E. Schoonover
Comments: TP 4-11-07; edit; index
bottom of second predella from the left: window dedicated March 9, 1930 / window given by John Bancroft in memory of Charlotte Bothwell Bancroft
Commentary: As indicated on one of the four predellas, this window was given by John Bancroft in memory of Charlotte Bothwell Bancroft and dedicated March 9, 1930. It illustrates Luke 18:16: “Suffer the little children to come unto me…”
“It is decorated at the top with guardian angels and stars. Around the edge are tulips and carnations, Mrs. Bancroft’s favorite flowers. the scene is one of peaceful reverence… The females figure is suggestive of Mrs. Bancroft.” (Loux, 6)
Each of the four predellas show the everyday life surrounding the Wilmington Bancroft mills along the Brandywine. They are shown in greater detail as day book #’s1749w, 1750w, 1751w, and 1752w.
In working with the D’Ascenzo Studios, Schoonover wrote to Mr. Mayer on October 30th, 1929: “There is no doubt in my mind that the window can be executed in the time wanted…I will draw the lower part of the cartoons myself. Your man can start them, following absolutely the sketch and I will continue them…I have worked long on this sketch and so many of the details are local that it seems to me that it might be difficult for you all to catch the spirit of the lower section.” (archives) See #1738, and #1738s for Schoonover’s sketches.
Provenance: Immanuel Church, Highlands, Wilmington, Delaware [1930]