“There is probably no portion of a well appointed church that will strike the eye or cause pleasure sooner than a stained glass window, with suitable figures painted thereon.” – The Advocate, Melbourne, 1888.
This weblog is an offshoot of my family history project surrounding the historical stained glass windows created by the colonial Victorian stained glass firm, “Ferguson & Urie 1853-1899.”
My research on Ferguson & Urie stained glass has revealed many fabulous newspaper articles about stained glass windows created by other artists and studios that are just too good to ignore. Whilst I have tried to remain focused on my research of the Ferguson & Urie Company, I have eventually conceded that I should at least pair any historic newspaper articles I come across with any photos I may have taken of these historic stained glass windows.
The quality and craftsmanship of the stained glass varies greatly between artists and studios. Your own taste will determine what you think is breathtaking or mediocre. In any case, you have to consider the amount of workmanship that goes into the entire construction of the stained glass windows which is an incredible art form on its own.
This site will serve as my alternate repository of information not directly related to my primary research project of Ferguson & Urie craftsmanship.
There is a wealth of history in our historic stained glass windows. The questions that are never asked are; who made them? Who was the person it is a memorial to? Who was the donor? What is the relevance of the symbolism depicted in the window?
There is a fascinating story behind each window and I invite anyone who has interesting information to contact me via the contacts page.