Articles on historic stained glass
In this section we'll feature articles on historic stained glass.
The Journal of Stained Glass has a rich variety of articles on all aspects of historic stained glass and you can use the JSG search feature here.
The revival of stained glass in the 19th century led to a fascinating quest to recreate and improve the raw material of coloured glass itself. From our Library housed in the Society of Antiquaries of London, we bring you an enlightening article from our 1934 Journal revealing how glass was manufactured in the 19th century. And it touches on Mr Clayton and Mr Bell! You can download the article here (PDF 15mb) W. E. Chance and the Revived Manufacture of Coloured Glass by Thomas Stokes.
Have you ever wondered about the remarkable glass used in Arts & Crafts windows? From a more recent issue of The Journal of Stained Glass published 70 years later is Tony Benyon’s article exploring ‘The Development of Antique and other Glasses used in 19th- and 20th-Century Stained Glass’, beautifully illustrated with samples including kelp glass, Prior’s ‘Early English’ slabs, ‘Venetian’ glass, Powell’s ‘Pressed Slab’, a Hartley Wood slab bottle and much more from the remarkable collection of the Benyon Studio (PDF 7mb).
In 1925 the American stained glass artist Charles J. Connick contributed an article to our Journal which had been published that same year in The New York Times. He describes the ‘spirit of playful adventure’ witnessed at l’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, now famed for the emergence of Art Deco. Modern Stained Glass at the Paris Exhibition, 1925 (PDF 11mb).
Our members’ Newsletter contains articles and reports of Society lectures about historic stained glass artists and windows. Current articles include:
- Arts & Crafts Stained Glass Summer 2015
- Burne-Jones Manuscripts Autumn 2012
- Harry Clarke Spring 2015
- Wilhelmina Geddes Autumn 2015
- Lead Came Research by English Heritage
- Stained Glass at the Archives of Art & Design
- Stained Glass in Methodist Churches
- Stained Glass Sundials Part I
- Stained Glass Sundials Pt II
Articles by members and eminent historians in the British Society of Master Glass Painters have been published on the Building Conservation website:
- A Spiritual Enterprise: Douglas Strachan’s Stained Glass in the Memorial Chapel, University of Glasgow by Nick Haynes
- Medieval Stained Glass in North Wales and its Treatment in the 19th Century by Martin Crampin
- Reformation, Iconoclasm and Restoration: Stained Glass in England c.1540-1830 by Sarah Brown Hon FMGP
- Lest We Forget: Stained Glass Memorial Windows of the Great War by Jonathan Taylor
- Trena Cox: Emergence of a Stained Glass Artist by Peter Jones
- The Tower of Glass: An Tur Gloine and the Early 20th Century Stained Glass Revival in Ireland by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe Hon FMGP
We’ll be adding more articles to share on this new page. If you know of an interesting report on historic stained glass of any period, do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org