This large and dramatic watercolour triptych was initially created as three separate paintings. Philipson commented that, ‘One day, when I had them laid side by side on the floor to study them, I realised that they were in a fact a single statement in three parts.’ On the left panel, a figure stands against a dark scaffold with flames licking upwards. A muted middle panel balances this against the ominous darkness developing from the bottom of the right panel. The rich blues of the rose window set the scene unmistakably in a Gothic cathedral. Painted in deep, glowing colours, the triptych’s subject matter and the vigorous paint handling imply violence. Much of Philipson’s subject matter of the 1960s reflected his rage following his wife’s premature death in 1960.