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Panels

  • Place of origin:

    Lancaster (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1886 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Almquist, Carl (designer)
    Shrigley and Hunt (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained and painted glass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by D. C. N. Hudson

  • Museum number:

    C.65-1978

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125, Edwin and Susan Davies Gallery, case WS

Object Type
By the 1870s, stained glass for windows was becoming increasingly popular as decoration for private houses and other secular buildings. These three panels are thought to have come from a window in the nursery of Pownall Hall (Wilmslow, Cheshire), the home of the Manchester brewer, Henry Boddington (1849-1925).

People
Boddington was a keen social reformer and patron of the arts. He believed strongly in the potential for art to improve the quality of life. When he came into his inheritance in 1886, Boddington purchased Pownall Hall, an unpretentious, recently gothicised, Georgian house. He commissioned local architects, Ball & Elce, to extend and renovate the house. The Century Guild artists, an early group of Arts and Crafts artists and craftsmen working to unify all branches of the arts, led by the English architect and designer A.H. Mackmurdo (1851-1942) decorated Pownall Hall's rooms.

Artistic Movements
These panels were made around 1886 by the newly merged glassmakers Shrigley & Hunt of Lancaster. The company was among those leading the Aesthetic Movement's reaction against the heavy approach of the Gothic Revivalists, embracing the ideals of good design and craftsmanship pioneered by William Morris (1834-1896). For Boddington, Shrigley and Hunt produced windows whose delicately painted figures were effectively off-set against fruit and leaf patterned backgrounds. The motif of sunflowers and swallows seen here has previously been attributed to Selwyn Image (1849-1930), a leading designer among the Guild group of artists but is now though to be by Carl Almquist (1848-1924).

Physical description

Depicts a trailing frieze of sunflowers and foliage, interspersed with birds, within a blue border.
Three panels.

Place of Origin

Lancaster (made)

Date

ca. 1886 (made)

Artist/maker

Almquist, Carl (designer)
Shrigley and Hunt (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stained and painted glass

Dimensions

Height: 48.5 cm each panel, Width: 97 cm all three panels, Width: 32.3 cm each panel

Object history note

Made for the nursery at Pownall Hall, Cheshire, a house built in around 1886 for Henry Boddington.
Probably designed by Selwyn Image (born in Bodiam, Devon, 1849, died in London, 1930); manufactured by Shrigley and Hunt, Lancaster
Made in England

Descriptive line

3 stained glass panels

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

William Waters, Stained Glass from Shrigley & Hunt of Lancaster and London, University of Lancaster, 2003

Labels and date

British Galleries:
These windows were made for domestic rather than church use and reflect the fashion for introducing art, in all its forms, into the home. The stylised design uses the fashionable Aesthetic colours of yellow, green and blue and the popular Aesthetic motifs of sunflowers and swallows. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Stained glass

Categories

Stained Glass; British Galleries

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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