The Good Shepherd

Design for Stained Glass
1857 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker

The term 'cartoon', as used here, means a full-sized drawing for execution in another medium, in this case stained glass. It was Burne-Jones's first design in the medium. It represents Christ as the Good Shepherd, bringing home lost sheep. It has some corrections pasted on and is numbered throughout with references for the colour of the glass. It was commissioned by James Powell and Sons of Whitefriars, the leading manufacturers of glass at the time, and became one of their standard designs. One version was used in the east window of the Congregational Church, King Street, Maidstone (1860-3), and another in St Patrick's Church, Trim, County Meath, Ireland (1869).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Watercolour and ink
Brief Description
Design for stained glass for the Congregational Church, Maidstone, by Edward Burne-Jones, British, 1857.
Physical Description
The Good shephard. Watercolour and indian ink with corrections pasted on. Numbered throughout with colour references.
Dimensions
  • Support height: 1289mm
  • Support width: 477mm
  • Gilt frame height: 1503mm
  • Gilt frame width: 677mm
  • Gilt frame depth: 28mm
Style
Production typeDesign
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 18 EBJ 57 (Signed with monogram and dated. Numbered throughout with colour references.)
  • (Numbered throughout with colour reference)
Object history
Purchased, 1970



James Powell and Sons, The Whitefriars Glass Co.
Historical context
This, Burne-Jones's first cartoon for stained glass, became one of the standard designs of James Powell and Sons, The Whitefriars Glass Co. One version was used in the east window of the Congregational Church, King Street, Maidstone, 1860-62.
Production
This was Burne-Jones's first cartoon for stained glass and became one of the standard designs of James Powell and Sons, the Whitefriars Glass Co.
Subjects depicted
Summary
The term 'cartoon', as used here, means a full-sized drawing for execution in another medium, in this case stained glass. It was Burne-Jones's first design in the medium. It represents Christ as the Good Shepherd, bringing home lost sheep. It has some corrections pasted on and is numbered throughout with references for the colour of the glass. It was commissioned by James Powell and Sons of Whitefriars, the leading manufacturers of glass at the time, and became one of their standard designs. One version was used in the east window of the Congregational Church, King Street, Maidstone (1860-3), and another in St Patrick's Church, Trim, County Meath, Ireland (1869).
Bibliographic References
  • Fagence Cooper, Suzanne, Pre Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, V&A Publications, 2003. 176p., ill. ISBN I 85177 393 2
  • A. Vallance, 'The decorative art of Sir Edward Burne-Jones', Easter Art Annualm supplement to the Art Journal, London, 1900, p.2, repro. fig.1.
  • F De Lisle, Burne-Jones, London, 1904, p.32.
  • B Powell, 'The Whitefriars Glass Works', The Anglo-Swedish Review, London, Feb 1939, repro. p.41.
  • J Gordon-Christian, 'Source material: The archives of the Whitefriars Studios, London', Artifex, journal of the crafts, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1968, vol. I, pp.30-46, no.1, with repro.
  • Illustrated in A Liddel Armitage, Stained Glass, London 1967.
  • 248Colin Cruise Pre-Raphaelite Drawing London: Thames & Hudson, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-7093-0264-3
Collection
Accession Number
E.1317-1970

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record createdJanuary 8, 2004
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