The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan ~ John Hardman & Co, Birmingham, 1911

The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the most well-known of all of Jesus’s teachings. It comes from the gospel of Luke, Chapter 10:

“A lawyer once came forward to test him by asking: ‘Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said, ‘What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?’ He replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ ‘That is the right answer,’ said Jesus; ‘do that and you will have life.’ Wanting to justify his question, he asked, ‘But who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was on his way from Jerusalem down to Jericho when he was set upon by robbers, who stripped and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down by the same road, and when he saw him, he went past on the other side. So too a Levite came to be place, and when he saw him went past on the other side. But a Samaritan who was going that way come upon him, and when he saw him he was moved to pity. He went up and bandaged his wounds, bathing them with oil and wine. Then he lifted him on to his own beat, brought him to an inn, and looked after him. Next day he produced two silver pieces and gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Look after him; and if you spend more, I will repay you on my way back.” Which of these three do you think was neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He answered, ‘The one who showed him kindness.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do as he did.’” (Luke 10:25-37)

This window was donated to St. John’s in memory of George Henry Hoyt, born in December 1838, died in November 1904. He was a vestryman of St. John’s from 1875 to 1904 and warden from 1898 to 1904. He and his family donated the St. Andrew & St. James window in the north clerestory in honor of his parents. The window was proposed to St. John’s by Mrs. Hoyt in 1908.

The window was identified on stylistic grounds by Peter Cormack of the Morris Gallery in Great Britain as being made by John Hardman & Co. of Birmingham, England. The inscription and the figure of the Samaritan are characteristic of Hardman windows. David Williams of J. Hardman & Co., which is still in business, confirmed the identity of the window by checking the Hardman records at the Birmingham City Library, where all of the order books and commission records are kept. The window was made in 1911, their 69th commission of that year, described simply as “3 lts plus tracery Good Samaritan.” The designer and cartoonist were not listed.

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Location: South side of the nave, lower level, the middle window.
Inscription of dedication: In loving memory of George Henry Hoyt Dec. 1838 – Nov. 1904.