victorian art glass

William Morris

English artist, textile designer, poet and socialist activist William Morris was born on this day in 1834. Morris was one of the principal figures of the British arts and crafts movement. 

This is an ink, pen and watercolour drawing of a Woman Playing Cymbals, a design which was used for one of the many Morris & Co stained glass windows at Wightwick Manor.

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My personal artistic hero… Harry Clarke (1889 - 1931) was an Irish illustrator and stained-glass artist and key figure in the Arts & Craft movement.

He illustrated works for Edgar Allan Poe - my favourite being ‘Tales of Mystery & Imagination.’ Dover Publishing re-printed it beautifully as a hardback edition - here’s the link to it on amazon - For way less than £30 it’s one of the prettiest books you can buy

Get THIS BOOK if you want to see all his stained glass work - before it gets too hard to track down. It also lists where you can see the existing works (mostly in Dublin) and has a very thorough bio on Clarke

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detail Queen Eleanor, 1858, Frederick Sandys

(Queen Alice) Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by John Tenniel

Alice Pocket mirror available with other pieces made from recycling Alice in Wonderland/ Through The Looking Glass books, available here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/467223357/alice-through-the-looking-glass-pocket