Talk: Morris, Burne-Jones and the Business of Stained Glass with Adrian Barlow

Date(s) - 31st Mar 2022

St Philip & St James Church


Stained glass was one of the first forms of decorative art to be associated with the name of William Morris. Although the firm he established, Morris & Co., closed finally in 1940, the name remains a powerful brand to this day and the label ‘William Morris’ is treated as a guarantee of fine design and craftsmanship in the Arts and Crafts tradition. In this illustrated lecture, however, I shall argue that the name and the label are both easily misapplied, that Morris is often credited with work that should more accurately be attributed to his colleagues and friends, and that it becomes increasingly difficult to attach the term ‘Arts and Crafts’ accurately to the output of his works at Merton Abbey. Experiencing ‘Morris’ glass is always a fascinating experience – and some of it, for example the triumphant series of windows in St. Philip’s Anglican Cathedral in Birmingham, is awe-inspiring; but how much does it actually owe to Morris himself?

Image: The Annunciation by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris (1862–63) at St Martin-on-the-Hill, Scarborough (Alastair Carew-Cox).

Cost £10 to include tea or coffee  TIme: 2:30pm

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