Appeal for Help

Fig. 4. Upper panel

Fig. 4. Upper panel

A stained-glass student is appealing for information on two panels. Together the two panels make up a standing figure of St Paul, probably of late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century date. The upper panel measures 390mm x 730mm.

The panels are of unknown origin. They may have been created by Powell & Sons, although there is no clear evidence for this other than aesthetics, including the pale white ground and the variety of the tone in the silver stain, which ranges from a pale straw to a burnt orange colour.

The lower panel has undergone an intervention in which it was re-leaded, and it is likely that the infills at the base of the panel – the drapery, feet and section of the floor – were added at this time. There are several areas of loss, including the head and part of the inscription. The incomplete inscription in the lower panel reads

‘To the glory of [missing]
WILLIAM [missing]
Born St. Paul’s day [missing]’

Fig. 5. Lower panel

Fig. 5. Lower panel

Information is sought on the origin of the panel, as well as examples of similar figures, particularly those which retain their heads. Any information is beneficial and very welcome! Please contact Sophie Gwynn at srg505 [at] york [dot] ac [dot] uk.

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