This is an extraordinary chapel - a former convent chapel - which is both sumptuous in design, and an extraordinary statement about women and their religious role.
All the attendant saints depicted at Christ's crucifixion are women. So too are most of the saints celebrated in the stained glass. And this was back in the 1860s!
This is All Saints Chapel on the south side of Margaret Street, near Oxford Street, and just opposite the imposingly high church All Saints church. The chapel and convent were the home of an Anglican order of women religious, the All Saints Sisters of the Poor.
I knew nothing of this chapel, but discovered it because the chapel is currently hosting an exhibition of works by Louise Bourgeois and others: the altar piece, so to speak, is hers, 'Brother and Sister'; so too is the soap stone style sculpture, 'Woman with a Secret'.
But it's the chapel itself which is the star.
The wall painting of the crucifixion was the work of John Richard Clayton.
Just as exceptional is the stained glass. Take a look:
Quite a congregation - is that the collective noun? - of women saints!
And other details of the church are wonderful too.
The sisters left some time back. Much of the building is now, apparently, serviced apartments; the chapel is used occasionally, as now, as a public exhibition space.
It's amazing what you can find behind a very ordinary looking door in central London!
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