£2,935.00raised of £8,000.00 goal
The Stained Glass of A.W.N. Pugin
Around 20 years ago I was commissioned by the scholar, Stanley A. Shepherd, to photograph some of Pugin's work for a book on his stained glass. The book was published in 2009, to stunning reviews, although with much research and photography still left to be done.
In the intervening years the late Margaret Belcher published several volumes of Pugin's letters which Stanley went through meticulously, adding by hand all references to stained glass into his text. This, and other new research, took around 10 years. In the meantime I was travelling the United Kingdom photographing additional Pugin glass. I was kindly allowed into the wonderful St Margaret's Convent in Edinburgh to photograph the Scottish Kings and Queens, I was given access to a derelict church in Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire and I was even given permission to have Bicton Mausoleum, in Budleigh Salterton, opened for me.
The potential new book had now turned into two volumes, due to the sheer thoroughness of Stanley's research and the addition of around 300 new unpublished photographs. Perhaps the greatest part of Stanley's legacy is the Gazetteer. It painstakingly catalogues every known piece of Pugin glass with a description of the design, the position in the church, size, corresponding comments from every one of Pugin's relevant letters, who the client was, the selling price of the windows, manufacturer etc. A truly remarkable piece of research that Stanley had been working on a lifetime, so thorough that there will be no point anyone else undertaking similar work for generations. The majority of Stanley's work was typed up and corrected, other than the Gazetteer and the captions when, sadly, Stanley died. He died on the day we had our last meeting arranged before we started the actual layout.
Stanley's brother, Arnold Shepherd, was keen for Stanley's research not to be in vain. We decided that we would produce the books in the form of a website, thus negating the expensive printing costs and allowing my photographs and Stanley's work to be accessible to students, scholars, universities and the general public at no cost whatsoever. Stanley's remarkable research could be seen by all and would live on.
Arnold Shepherd kindly donated Stanley's large collection of books on Pugin and his correspondence with Lady Wedgwood and numerous clergy to Birmingham Reference Library Central Archives which also houses The Hardman Archives, the manufacturers of much of Pugin's glass. This aspect of Stanley's research now has a permanent home for scholars to access. While sorting through these papers I came across the numerous notes I had sent him for the final corrections to the Gazetteer, which he had corrected. The work could now be finished to the standard that he would have wanted.
Over the past 18 months I have been writing the captions, using the Corpus Vitrearum system of positioning the windows, and have been adding in Stanley's final corrections. I have had to change all the image numbering throughout the text and Gazetteer as we have added over 250 new unpublished images, which Stanley wanted laid out in the order of Pugin's production. In addition, the summer before he died, we were kindly given access to a private collection of Pugin sketch books from his various tours of Cathedrals in France. I was allowed to photograph them for this exciting project, and they give great insight into the way he worked. Many of the sketches are of medieval Cathedral windows, which have never been published before and I have been adding them to the main body of the text. An extremely important previously unseen body of work.
Although Arnold is very kindly paying for the actual design work there are other associated costs. I have had to pay the photographic Laboratory that I use for work on a large number of my more recent images. Sadly, Stanley never got to see the photographs from Bicton Mausoleum and other sites. I am still hoping to photograph some key locations which incurs travelling costs, bed and breakfast etc. There are the website production costs as well as further editing, captioning etc. I am trying to raise around £8,000 to finish this work hence this appeal. Any additional money raised over this figure would enable further photography.
Please do give this hugely important research your due consideration so that it can be added to the world wide web for posterity.
Donors name added to the website and 24 Limited Edition A.W.N. Pugin Stained Glass Greetings Cards. Donate £120 and have your name (or logo) added to the website, with thanks for your support in making this exciting project possible, as well as 24 Limited Edition A.W.N. Pugin Stained Glass Greetings Cards, 2 of each of 12 designs, which are printed on Carbon Captured Paper which helps to capture CO2 and plant trees.
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