Robert Samuel Gregg (1834-1896), successively Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross (1878-1893), and of Armagh (1893-1896) [ William Burges ]
On letterhead of The Palace, Cork. 5 January 1880.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. The window next to Morris's 'in the Ambulatory of the Cathedral' is one of three out of eighteen 'still unfilled', and he asks him to consider taking it. 'We are all anxious that the series should be completed so that the designs and the glass may be done by the same artists and thus to have it all in harmony'. He ends by asking him not to be angry with him for making the suggestion.
George Kruger Gray (1880-1943), English artist, designer of coinage and stained glass windows [ G. K. Menzies, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts ]
40 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8. 2 December 1921.
2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with strip of sunning at foot. Docketed with stamp of the Royal Society of Arts. Having 'had time to consider the question of a lecture on Heraldry' he has decided to decline Menzies's invitation, as he 'simply cannot spare the time such a lecture would require for its preparation'.
[Printed heading] 28 Nottingham Place, W. [London], 16 Jan. 1907 [died in April].
Three pages, 12mo (large hand). "I am sure my man - Mr Tombleson - will be glad to show you - & your friends - his work completed - & his work in course of completion. | But the sky is not [underlined] favourable - You must try & find a sunny day [...] ". He discusses his new home, and thanks her for her Christmas card."
[Victorian stained glass window; Charles de Steuben (1788-1856); Victor Hugo (1802-1885), author of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' (1831)]
Each wIndow is 22 x 20 cm, with a central 16 x 14 cm panel of white glass, surrounded by a border made up of eight pieces (2 x 2cm corner squares with stars in orange glass, connected by 2 x 14cm rectangular purple panels). Each window has a set of two metal loops at head, for hanging. Metal frame rusted on both, and two border panels cracked on one, otherwise in good condition, with both white glass reliefs undamaged. The two housed in a contemporary silk-lined black leather box with brass clasps.
James Ballantine (c.1807-1877), Scottish writer and artist in stained glass
Edinburgh; 16 August 1856.
1p., landscape 8vo. On the first leaf of a bifolium. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Well presented, with the second blank leaf neatly inserted into a windowpane border. The poem is sixteen lines long, arranged in four stanzas, neatly written out on a piece of wove paper. The first stanza reads 'Confide ye aye in Providence, for Providence is Kind | And bear ye a' lifes changes, wi a calm an' tranquil mind | Though pressed an' hemmed on every side, hae faith, an' ye'll win through | For ilka blade o grass keeps its ain drap o dew'.
Leonard Walker (1877-1964), Principal of the St John's Wood School of Art, and member of the Art Workers Guild [Cecil Reginald Grundy (1870-1944), editor of the Connoisseur]
16, 17 and 31 December 1935; all three items on letterhead of Walker's studio in King Henry's Road, London.
All three items 8vo. The first of two pages, and the other two of one page each. Texts clear and complete. Fair on aged, creased and slightly-discoloured paper. Discussing his disagreement with the architect of a building over the width of two proposed uprights. Walker considers that these 'would handicap the fullest expression'. The first letter carries a simple pencil diagram of the window. He feels 'we shall all have forgotten this point' when the window is seen 'in all its glory'.
Charles Cahier, "French iconographer of medieval sculpture and decorative arts" (1807-82).
No place, 22 October [no year given].
He describes how he came to find a book which he desperately needs for his studies or "travaux du moment" ("vitraux"; stained glass) in an auction catalogue. He gives details of the book ("D, del Corro, Dissertation theol.", etc). He would like to buy it for 5 francs before the auction (taking place on 17 November). He makes another request on behalf of M. Vermeil.
2 October 1922; 21 November 1922; 1 December 1922; 26 February 1923; 22 March 1923; the first four on letterhead 'The Three Gables, | Cathedral Close, | Exeter', the fifth on embossed letterhead 'COLWELL COTTAGE, | EXETER.'
English glass painter and novelist (1875-1923). All five items in very good condition, and all but the third and fifth stamped and docketed. ITEM ONE: two pages, 4to. He will be 'delighed and honoured by reading a paper before the R.S.A.' Gives a choice of dates and states 'I shall want a lantern.' He wants 'to draw the Society's attention to the fact that the various processes in making a modern window follow the developments of stained glass from the 11th (or perhaps the 9th) century to the beginning of the 15th.' Explains his thesis in some detail, and discusses possible titles.
Piccadilly/ Newhall Hill, Birmingham, 14 March 1919.
Two pages, 4to, good condition. Ref. "Stourport", Powell is sending the "sketch" of a window (enclosed), giving subjects and making suggestions ("I thought the Ark would come well"). He has worked less bcecause of the light on this than on the "war memorial". He discusses the list of "angel subjects for your side aisle windows" (present as a third typed page), apart from themes which should have a window ti themselves. He favours fewer subjects, confirms that the Old Testament goes on the North aisle, New of the South.