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  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1582 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colourless flashed glass, painted with coloured enamels and yellow stain

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 58b, case 5

Object Type
In the hundred years following the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, few figural stained-glass windows were produced for English churches. Instead, the medium was used almost solely for heraldic panels. As in previous centuries, patrons of religious foundations often commissioned windows displaying their coats of arms as a means of reaffirming their association and commemorating their generosity.

The inscription reveals that this panel was commissioned in 1582 by Edward Lucas to adorn the chapel of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. According to an 18th-century source, the college possessed two panels bearing his arms. This one seems to have been removed from Corpus Christi around 1828 when the chapel's windows were being restored by Samuel Yarrington, who sold the piece. It was acquired by the V&A from Filby Hall in Norfolk, the home of Charles Lucas, who was apparently descended from another, non-aristocratic Lucas family.

Materials & Making
With the widespread introduction of enamel pigments in the 16th-century, true stained glass played a diminishing part in the production of heraldic panels. Instead, larger panels of white glass were painted with colours and this work fell chiefly to Dutch and German artists. In the scrollwork border of this panel, blue, red and black enamel is used alongside silver-based yellow stain. The shield itself has been made using a different technique called 'flashing', whereby clear glass was coated with a thin surface layer of red glass, which was then scratched or 'abraded' to reveal the white detail beneath.

Physical description

Panel. Arms of Edward Lucas, inscribed, Edward Lucas of London, Gentleman, made this window.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)


1582 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Colourless flashed glass, painted with coloured enamels and yellow stain


Height: 58.4 cm, Width: 45.7 cm

Object history note

From Filby Hall, Norfolk. Probably made in England

Descriptive line

Stained glass panel with the arms of Edward Lucas, probably England, 1582

Labels and date

British Galleries:
This heraldic panel was commissioned for the chapel of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge by 'Edward Lucas of London Gentleman' in 1582. Edward Lucas was admitted as a student to Corpus Christi College in 1574. He may have later contributed money to his old college and requested a permanent memorial. [27/03/2003]


Stained glass


British Galleries; Stained Glass


Ceramics Collection

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