St Clement’s Cambridge

Frederick Leach painted the interior of St Clement’s church in 1872. In place of the usual window on the East wall, there is a wall painting of Christ surrounded by all the Fathers and saints of the Church, each with their traditional emblems – St Peter the keys to heaven, Mary Magdalene with a box of ointment, etc. St Clement, the patron saint of the church is pictured with his emblem, the anchor. The words ‘Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum’ (The Peace of the Lord be always with you) painted above the altar also appear in the fresco of St Clement in the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, from which his likeness is said to have been taken.

See also

Robert Halliday, ‘F. R.Leach and the Leach family, Cambridge artist craftsmen’ in Ecclesiology Today 2016 53:3–34.