Peter Cormack, research fellow at London’s world class Victoria and Albert Museum (‘The V&A) came up to Manchester on Friday to research his up-coming book on Arts and Crafts stained glass.
The Arts and Crafts movement began in the Edwardian era and fed into the Art Nouveau movements of the ‘20s and ‘30s. Anyone who’s seen ITV’s Poirot with David Suchet will be familiar with Art Nouveau, but Arts and Crafts art and architecture is perhaps a little less well known.
For anyone who is curious the Edgar Wood Building on Daisy Bank Road, and our own rose window in the Anson Chapel are, according to Mr Cormack (who was for 30 years curator of the William Morris museum) internationally important examples. The rose window is made from a completely different style and type of glass that was only invented a few years before the window was made for St C’s by Walter Pearce and Co. of Manchester.
Mr Cormack was also very admiring of St C’s complete set of Burlison and Grylls windows in the nave of our church. It is very rare to have complete and themed set of windows right around a church from a single commission.
When studying the English Saints of the North aisle and the heroes of the Catholic Revival in the South, Cormack spoke in glowing terms of the colouring and cartooning of the glass which is, in his opinion, by the greatest of the English stained glass manufacturers.