St John the Baptist, Newport

Painting – Newspaper article (North Devon Journal, 1944); 1944

A newspaper article from December 1944 describes a painted wooden plaque in medieval colouring as a reproduction of an old master of the Madonna and child and the work of Miss Violet Pinwill. It is very similar in design to the central roundel in the pulpit at St Mary’s Abbotsbury, which is based on Madonna col figlio by Guercino (GC/PA 27). It was a gift to the church from the children of the Sunday school to be placed in the Baptistery. A visit to St John’s in June 2014 revealed that, although the Baptistery had been moved during reordering, the painting had remained in its original position and was now above the new kitchen. The warden was delighted to learn about the origin of the painting, and it was later confirmed by the Revd Andy Dodwell that it would be moved to a more suitable position in the new Baptistery.


GC/PA 27 Goldsmiths College Pinwill Archive. Print. Torino-Galleria Reale-Madonna col figlio. Guercino. Edizioni Brogi.

North Devon Journal (1944) The Living Church: A Weekly Local Review. 28 December p. 3.