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Westlake, N.H.J.

A history of design in painted glass.

London, James Parker & Co 1881, 1882, 1886, 1894.

Reference: 9229
Price: £350 [convert currency]

Full Description

Folio. 4 vols. (4) + vi + 145 + (1)pp, 89 text ills ; viii + 111 + (1)pp, 95 text ills ; viii + 154pp, 98 text ills ; viii + 193 + (1)pp, 165 text ills. Publisher’s cloth, the spines a little damaged at joints but the bindings sound. The set belonged to the painter W.W.Ouless RA, and two of the volumes contain presentation inscriptions to him from the author. Subsequently in the library of the Art Workers Guild, with their pictorial bookplates.

A history of stained glass design in the principal countries of Western Europe from the earliest times to the seventeenth century, illustrated by accurate black and white linear drawings and offering interesting suggestions about individual windows’ dating and iconography. Westlake (1833-1921), the scholarly head of a firm of stained glass manufacturers, belonged to the circle of artists and designers patronised by John, 3rd Marquess of Bute, who was himself keenly interested in Christian art of the middle ages, and each volume was consequently dedicated by him to the 3rd Marquess. The volumes were published over a thirteen year period for distribution to subscribers only, and sets are rare in the book trade today.