Angel Parabolico de la Sagrada Familia: Acrylic on Glass by Peter + Gregory Hartnell (‘Goyo de la Rosa’)

Published December 22, 2010 by goyodelarosa

Gaudiesque parabolic arched glass window: 1346 Rockland, Peter Hartnell


Parabolic Angel painted by 'Goyo de la Rosa'



Stars and Angel wing top:



2 comments on “Angel Parabolico de la Sagrada Familia: Acrylic on Glass by Peter + Gregory Hartnell (‘Goyo de la Rosa’)

  • I was very happy to stumble on your blog, and its insight into your Rockland house: I’ve long been frustrated trying to find out the real story, and am now preparing a new edition of Glorious Victorians, so want to get it right. I’d appreciate a chance to briefly chat.
    Thanks for your kind words, Nick

  • Dear Mr. Russell:

    Peter George Hartnell was a Catholic husband, father of nine children, a carpenter, and a natural born designer without any formal architectural training. He designed and built the Gaudiesque (or Modernista) house at 1346 Rockland Avenue in Victoria.

    I worked on the house as a labourer while it was under construction, and lived and worked in it at various times since its completion. It is now owned by my younger brother John Hartnell, and I am unable to give you an email address for him as he doesn’t have one.

    I took the pictures shown here of the paintings on the two original glass panels taken from the 1346 house that I did a few years ago. Every Christmas I display the angel shown here, which is at the moment still visible in my own home window. The larger section of the parabolic arch is in our basement at 1357 Rockland. In other words, the original glass was removed from 1346 Rockland, and replaced by new glass.

    The larger section is very difficult to move around as it is quite heavy. It shows the lower part of the green cross superimposed over a sunburst in a circle at the top, and under that is shown a starry sky, the Christ child, Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mother Mary. All of this work has been influenced by the same Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, who influenced our father Peter to use parabolic arched windows, a characteristic of domestic Modernista architecture. As a practicing Catholic, I believe that Gaudi is a saint, and his unfinished cathedral is a masterpiece of Catalan Modernismo.

    I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have for your revised edition of Glorious Victorians here, or by phone:
    250 382 97 67.

    You are at liberty to reproduce any of these photos if you like, giving credit to my father as the original designer of the house, and myself as the artist who did these paintings.

    Very sincerely yours…

    Gregory Paul Michael Hartnell (alias: ‘Goyo de la Rosa’)

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