Morris and Co stained glass returns home to Stockport Story Museum

By Culture24 Staff | 28 September 2009
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a stained glass window showing a man blessing a group of children

Burne-Jones Christ Blessing Children. Art Fund

Six stained glass windows made by renowned decorative arts firm Morris and Co have been returned to Stockport.

The windows have been acquired by the Stockport Story Museum with the help of a grant of £50,0000 from The Art Fund towards a total cost of £93,000, and are expected to go on display in December 2009.

a stained glass wiondow showing a man with raised hands

Dearle, Christ Ascending. Art Fund

"We are absolutely thrilled that we have been able to acquire these Morris and Co windows for Stockport's collections with the very generous assistance of The Art Fund," said Norman Hudson, Service Director for Regeneration and Leisure at Stockport Council.

"It is fitting that these works, which are of great local and national importance, will once more be placed on display in Stockport exactly 100 years after they were first manufactured."

Four of the windows were designed by Edward Burne-Jones and one by William Morris, both of whom were eminent artists of the pre Raphaelite movement and founding members of British design company Morris and Co.

a stained glass window showing two angels, one holding a book, the other playing an instrument

Morris, Minstrel Angels. Art Fund

The sixth was designed by John Henry Dearle who was an apprentice to William Morris before becoming Art Director and principal stained glass designer at the company.

"Morris and Co were particularly renowned for their stained glass work, and these are striking examples originally made for the Cheadle Royal Hospital, which was designed with the comfort and wellbeing of its troubled patients in mind," said Andrew Macdonald, Acting Director of The Art Fund.

"I'm delighted that The Art Fund has been able to help Stockport Story Museum keep them together in the area for which they were created."

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