Thanks to a successful Appeal the Stained Glass Museum recently acquired four stained glass panels by the significant twentieth-century British stained glass artist Geoffrey Clarke, RA (b. 1924). The four unique stained glass panels: (1) Saint Anthony; (2) Priest; (3) Saint Sebastian (all dated 1949); and (4) Fragment (dated circa 1956-59), represent Clarke’s early work in stained glass, and demonstrate the strong abstract and experimental sculptural nature of his designs.
These modern stained glass panels are a major addition to The Stained Glass Museum’s collection of British stained glass. Geoffrey Clarke, RA, was one of the stained glass artists who worked on the pioneering modern glazing project at Coventry Cathedral in 1957-62, producing three of the nave windows, alongside fellow students Keith New. Geoffrey Clarke is a respected Royal Academician who represented Great Britain at the International Biennale Exhibition in Venice three times,
This blog documents the conservation of these modern stained glass panels by two experienced trainee Conservators at York Glazier’s Trust, a leading ICON-accredited conservation studio. It aims to provides another means of interpreting stained glass through the eyes of the conservator, and to showcase twenty-first century conservation practice.
The Stained Glass Museum is grateful to staff at both York Glazier’s Trust (YGT) and the Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management MA Course at the University of York for enabling this collaborative project to take place.
We are also grateful to all those who donated to the Geoffrey Clarke Appeal, including The V&A Purchase Grant Fund, The Art Fund, SHARE Museums East, The Constable Trust, The Headley Trust, The Matthew Wrightson Charitable Trust, The Decorative Arts Society (DAS), and several generous individual donors,