Mr and Mrs Dycer - Symes commissioned this figure carved in Bath stone of Saint
John the Evangelist for the south isle of St Marys’ church Netherbury, Dorset.
St John is always shown as the youngest disciple and therefore always without a beard.
He was Jesus’ cousin brother of James the Great, his mother was Salome, Marys’ sister
and Zebedee was his father. At the crucifixion Jesus asked him to look after his
mother. John was the writer who concentrated his gospel on the theological foundations
of Jesus claim to be the Messiah. Later we have him in old age writing the revelations
from Patmos then a Roman prison. The Romans used Patmos as a place for exiles and
it also had a stone quarry for punishment by hard labour, He was sent there from
Miletus by the Roman governor for preaching the Christian faith in AD95, and stayed
there for two years. I have shown him as a young man even though he would not have
written the gospels until much later. His expression is intense and searching which
seems to represent his personality as we read him. In this church he looks down on
the assembled congregation with this questioning gaze. He stands on the eagle that
is representing the heights to which he rose in his writing and visions.