Photo: Simon Knott <a href="" class="link" target="new">Simon's Suffolk Churches</a> Used by permission

Photo: Simon Knott Simon's Suffolk Churches Used by permission


Three Boys in the Barrel

St Mary's Church
Wissington, Suffolk, England UK

Late 13th century

"At the bottom centre of the scene is the roughly square red barrel, and above it an accustomed eye might be able to make out three small heads in profile (that on the right is clearest). The boys are emerging from the pickling-tub, and they have their arms stretched out horizontally to the right of the picture, where St. Nicholas once stood with his mitre and pastoral cross. Only a few vague patches of yellow pigment are left of him now, but they still just manage to imply a standing figure, with the vertical spiral band dividing all the scenes at Wissington further right." from Painted