Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work
by Nicola Gordon Bowe
Published by Four Courts Press, 2015.
Hardback, 508pp, colour illustrations throughout.
Wilhelmina Geddes (1887–1955) was a vital figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement and the 20th-century British stained glass revival – a medieval-modernist painter of rare intellect, skill and aesthetic integrity. On her death she was described as ‘the greatest stained glass artist of our time’ but since then she has been largely forgotten.
This account aims to bring Geddes, her world and her work to the wider audience that she deserves. Concentrating on the remarkable stained glass for which she is best known but also including other media such as printmaking and textiles, this study draws on hitherto-unpublished primary sources and images to fully celebrate Geddes’ remarkable artistic achievement. Nicola Gordon Bowe is associate fellow at the National College of Art & Design and has lectured and published widely on the applied arts and design. Her publications include The Arts and Crafts Movements in Dublin and Edinburgh with E.S. Cumming (1998); Harry Clarke: the life and work (4th edition, 2012).
The Stained Glass Museum has some exclusive signed copies of this book available to purchase from the Museum's shop. Price: £45.00
Arts & Crafts Stained Glass
by Peter Cormack
Published by Yale University Press, 2015.
Hardback, 354pp, 200 colour + 50 b/w illustrations. ISBN 9780300209709
A beautifully illustrated book based on three decades of research, this is the first study of the late-19th century Arts and Crafts movement and its influence on stained glass in Britain and America. Pioneeriing artist and teacher Christopher Whall (1849-1924) and his many pupils - both men and women - form the focus of this book. The intensely colourful and inventive stained glass made by these artists is explored within the context of the Arts and Crafts movement, and we learn about the evolving materials and techniques of glassmaking and stained glass during this period. Peter Cormack is a noted scholar of 19th and 20th century British and American stained glass, WIlliam Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Now available to purchase from the Museum's shop. Price: £50.00
Stained Glass from Welsh Churches
by Martin Crampin
Published by Talybont: Y Lolfa Cyf, 2014.
Hardback, 341pp, 795+ colour illustrations. ISBN 9781847718259
This book is a wonderful follow up from the online databases Imaging the Bible in Wales and Stained Glass in Wales, produced by Crampin at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. Stained Glass from Welsh Churches is a fantastic introduction to the variety of stained glass in Wales, from the late medieval period to present day. It is a wonderful affordable survey of a nation's stained glass heritage, accompanied with very high quality photographs taken by the author. Read a full review of the book by Neil Moat in Vidimus 82.
Now available to purchase from the Museum's shop. Price: £29.95.