Chancel Window


“The Light of the World”

Hand-blown glass: English Streaky Glass from Hartley Woods, England

Probable artists: Concept painter: Jack Ramsden

Glass work: Edward G. Low (flesh) | George Snelling (clothes) | Bob Wright

Glass cutting: Albert Thompson

Installed in 1944, the Chancel Window was commissioned by the George Bell Estate for placement in the central tower block of Union College, later known as the Vancouver School of Theology. In 2014, the theology school relocated and the building and grounds were sold to the University of British Columbia.

Made by Robert McCausland Ltd. In Toronto, the window is an example of the religious imagery industry in Canada in the early 20th Century: many “The Light of the World” windows were produced by McCausland and others in glass following a whistle-stop tour of the British artist William Holman Hunt’s pre-Raphaelite painting of the same name. Amongst the mass production of such windows, this window at UBC is important for the ‘Canadianizing’ of the English pre-Raphaelite religious image by McCausland with forest and ocean scenes.

The window is significant for its quality and rarity. It is valued as a learning resource for the Faculty of Arts community as a unique example of early 20th Century Canadian glass artistry and craftsmanship.