Online Lecture: Innovations in the Art and Craft of Stained Glass in the 19th Century

Online Autumn Lecture Series

Crossing Boundaries: Victorian art, Design and Architecture

We are used to the idea of Victorian architecture, art and design as separate disciplines, with their own historians. But that seriously misrepresents the way that many nineteenth-century architects and designers thought and practiced. They conceived of the fine and decorative arts as part of an architectural whole – a total work of art.

These lectures will boldly break down disciplinary boundaries in a discussion of the use of colour and texture across the whole range of Victorian design and analyses of the important roles played by mosaic, stained glass, embroidery and three-dimensional wall coverings.

‘The Ideals and Experiments of Enthusiasts’: Innovations in the Art and Craft of Stained Glass in the Later Nineteenth Century

Tue 3 December, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The quest for materials that would evoke the chromatic and textural qualities of early medieval stained glass inspired the work of manufacturers, artists and architects during the Victorian era and into the early twentieth century. This illustrated lecture, with a cast of characters that includes Charles Winston, William Morris, Jesse Rust, Edward S. Prior, William J. Blenko and Harry Powell, examines how the art form evolved alongside new technical developments, culminating in the rich diversity of windows produced by members of the Arts & Crafts Movement at the turn of the century.

Peter Cormack MBE FSA HonFMGP was formerly Keeper of the William Morris Gallery, London. He has been a Research Fellow at the V&A Museum, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Honorary Curatorial Adviser for Kelmscott Manor and Vice-President of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters. His Arts & Crafts Stained Glass (Yale University Press, 2015) was the first study of the subject; his monograph on the American stained glass artist Charles J. Connick was published by Yale UP in May 2024.

All attendees will be sent a recording of the talk.

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Ticket Price: £6
Date: December 3rd, 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm