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Francis Spear (1902-1979):
Design for Stained Glass Window, 1932
Framed (ref: 6610)
Signed with monogram, inscribed with title to reverse
15 x 21 in. (53.8 x 53.5 cm)
Provenance: Simon Spear, the artistï¿½s son
Francis Spear is an important figure in twentieth century English stained glass. His working career covers 50 years, from 1922 when he began working with Martin Travers, to 1972, when he ceased teaching at Reigate School of Art.
During his career, he designed some notable windows, and a short list would include his earliest window, at Warwick School (1925), St. Olave's in the City (1929), Snaith (1936), Beckenham (1948), Canterbury (1949), Glasgow Cathedral (1951, 1953, 1958), Highbury (1955), Westgate (1960) and Penarth (1962).
The collection of the Prints and Drawings department of the Victoria & Albert Museum own all of the surviving cartoons for the 300 extant windows he produced over his fifty year long career.
We are gratefully to Alan Brooks and Simon Spear for assistance.