The Stained
Glass Museum

Autumn Lectures 2016

Our 2016 Autumn Lecture series has now finished, but information about our 2017 letcure programme will be coming soon!


‘Proud As A Peacock' - the work of Theodora Salusbury 1875-1956  
Andrew Loutit

Thursday 20 September 2016, 7pm for 7.15pm start

Salusbury's Ascension window at Narborough, Leicestershire Miss Theodora Salusbury was born in Leicestershire and followed several courses of art training in the early 20th century, including at the Slade School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She also served a four year apprenticeship with Christopher W. Whall.  Most of her known work dates from between the two World Wars, and was produced in studios in Kensington, London, and in Cornwall. She was among the artists who used the facilities of Lowndes & Drury at The Glass House (Fulham), and her work is often identifiable by her use of a peacock as her maker's mark.

Andrew Loutit is Miss Salusbury’s great nephew. He has travelled far and wide through England and Wales following up information from stained glass experts and friends in order to find his great aunt’s windows.

Lowndes & Drury and Post-War Stained Glass
Alan Brooks
Thursday 6 October 2016, 7pm for 7.15pm start

Forsyth window at Farnham (1960)

Founded in 1897, the London firm of Lowndes & Drury played a vital role in 20th Century stained glass in this country. From the surviving archives, at least 150 artists had their work made at its premises. Its well-known contribution was to the Arts & Crafts movement, but this lecture, after describing the early history of the firm, will focus on modern English work as it emerged via the studios of Lowndes & Drury in the post-war period.

Alan Brooks has carried out much research into 19th and 20th century stained glass. In 2012 he published The Stained Glass of Francis Spear which was the first study of Spear’s stained glass work. Since, he has been carrying out research into the many artists and craftsmen who worked at the Lowndes & Drury studios in Fulham, also known as the ‘Glass House’

Keith New (1926-2012): master colourist and innovator
Diana Coulter
Thursday 13 October 2016, 7pm for 7.15pm start

It could be argued that Keith New (1926-2012) is only known for his contribution to the nave windows at Coventry Cathedral. This lecture/talk will examine three-four examples of New’s work that demonstrate how his range and his techniques extended beyond Coventry and deserve to be better known. Where possible important examples that have been lost will be evaluated from surviving windows that reveal his response to colour, light and new techniques.

Diana Coulter is a professional historic buildings consultant, who for a period of 15 years or so knew Keith New in his latter years when he retired as Head of Foundation Studies at what was then Kingston Polytechnic. It took seeing the great east window of St John Ermine for the first time in 2010 to trigger the idea of researching Keith’s stained glass. Generous access to family papers, designs and other materials, has enabled Diana and her research partner, Dr Robert Smith, to pull together a more detailed study of Keith as an artist and craftsman, which should be published in the next year.


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