The polyptych form of this altarpiece, with its specially designed plain wooden frame, is highly original. This central section depicts a combined crucifixion and deposition; the figure in the foreground on the right is possibly a Dominican or a Benedictine saint. Little is known about Jewis – though this work has similarities to that of David Jones, the striking colour combinations and composition suggest that she had a highly distinctive style of her own. The artist was evidently fully aware of the work of David Jones.
We are grateful to Dr Chloë Reddaway, Abbie Sprague, and Ayla Lepine for assistance.