John Hardman & Co. (1838-2008)

John Hardman was one of the pioneers of the stained glass revival of the nineteenth century. His Birmingham-based firm started out as an ecclesiastical metal works, and, following the suggestion of A.W.N. Pugin, the business expanded into stained glass production in 1845. Pugin designed for the firm until his death in 1852 when this role passed to John Hardman's nephew and Pugin's son-in-law John Hardman Powell. John Hardman was a Roman Catholic, and his association with Pugin assured their popularity among Catholic patrons well into the twentieth century.

John Hardman & Co. continued under John Tarleton Hardman (1872–1959), and subsequently Donald Battershill Taunton (1886-1965) and Patrick Feeny (1910-1995), both of whom had joined the studio as boys. The firm was renamed John Hardman Studios in about 1939, by which time their windows had largely moved away from the Victorian and Edwardian Gothic Revival styles that had defined their work. The firm continued into the first years of the twenty-first century, led by the designer David Williams.

Further reading

'Glass Painters 1750–1850' Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, vol. xiii, no. 1 (1959–60), 326–38.

Michael Fisher, Hardman of Birmingham, Goldsmith and Glasspainter (Ashbourne: Landmark Publishing, 2008).

'Obituary: Donald Battershill Taunton' Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, vol. xiv, no. 3 (1967), 156–7.

Stanley A. Shepherd, The Stained Glass of A W N Pugin (Reading: Spire Books, 2009).

Mathé Shepheard, The Stained Glass of John Hardman and Company under the leadership of John Hardman Powell from 1867 to 1895 (2007).

Paul Thompson, William Butterfield (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1971), pp. 463–6.




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  St Paul St Paul
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
designer: A.W.N. Pugin
1850
Church of St Paul, Bryncoedifor, Gwynedd
south wall of the sanctuary
  Apostles Apostles
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
1851
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire
north wall of the north aisle
  The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
designer: probably A.W.N. Pugin
1851
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire
south wall of the south transept
  Scenes from the Life of Christ with Donors Scenes from the Life of Christ with Donors
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
designer: John Hardman Powell
about 1852
Church of St David, Pantasaph, Flintshire
north and south walls of the chancel
  Christ Blessing Children Christ Blessing Children
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
designer: John Hardman Powell
1854
Church of St Cynfelyn, Llancynfelyn, Ceredigion
south wall
  The Transfiguration The Transfiguration
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
about 1859
Church of St Beuno, Berriew, Powys
east wall of the chancel
  Moses Moses
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
about 1860
Church of All Saints, Oystermouth, Swansea
south aisle
The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
about 1865
Church of St Garmon, Castle Caereinion, Powys
east wall of the chancel
  The Crucifixion with Christ Carrying the Cross and the Resurrection The Crucifixion with Christ Carrying the Cross and the Resurrection
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
about 1868
Church of St Michael, Abergele, Conwy
north wall
  Scenes from the Life of Christ Scenes from the Life of Christ
firm/studio: John Hardman & Co.
designer: John Hardman Powell
1870
St Davids Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
east wall of the choir




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