For visitors circling the dim South Ambulatory of Gloucester Cathedral, the Chapel of St Thomas comes as an astonishing blaze of blue and yellow-white. In a painterly style completely his own, the stained-glass artist Thomas Denny has created in this 1992 work a whirling elemental drama of light and dark. It is quite unlike the 15th-century stained glass that remains in the cathedral, but it communicates with a comparable intensity.

Denny is widely regarded as one of Britain’s foremost stained-glass artists. Since 1984 he has worked in churches and cathedrals up and down the country, from ...


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