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Francis Spear (1902-1979):
For the further glory of God's House, circa 1940
Unmounted (ref: 7059)
Black ink and gouache
30 x 19 3/4 in (76 x 50cm)
Provenance: Simon Spear, the artist’s 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 windows for over 130 locations; and a short list of notable designs 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.