Christopher Whall (1849-1924)

Designer and maker of stained glass windows, and pioneer of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Christopher Whitworth Whall was the son of a clergyman and grew up in Thurning, Huntingdonshire. He studied painting at the Royal Academy Schools in London under Frederick Leighton. He designed for James Powell & Sons in the 1880s but was frustrated by the lack of supervision designers had over the execution of their windows. As a result, in the later 1880s Whall took it upon himself to learn all of the processes involved in the manufacture of stained glass, setting up his own studio and working with other smaller studios.

In the field of stained glass he had a profound effect as a practitioner, teacher (at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, and later the Royal College of Art, in London) and writer (his book Stained Glass Work, published in 1905, remains profoundly influential to this day). His pupils and assistants included many of the most talented and influential stained glass artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement, including his daughter Veronica Whall, who continued the work of his studio as Whall & Whall Ltd.

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Further reading

Peter Cormack, Arts and Crafts Stained Glass (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015).

Peter Cormack, Arts and Crafts Stained Glass (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015), pp. 27–47, 75–111, 149–170 and further references.

Christopher Whall, Stained Glass Work: A text book for students and workers in glass (Bristol: M & J Venables, 1999).

Peter Cormack, The Stained Glass Work of Christopher Whall 1849–1924 'Aglow with Brave Resplendent Colour' (Boston: Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation and Trustees of Boston Publie Library, 1999).

Martin Harrison, Victorian Stained Glass (London: 1980), pp. 64–9.

Peter Cormack, 'Whall, Christopher Whitworth (1849–1924)' (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007 (online edition)).




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  St Christopher Window St Christopher Window
firm/studio: James Powell & Sons
designer: Christopher Whall
1889
Church of St Seiriol, Penmaenmawr, Conwy
north wall of the Lady Chapel
  Christ with Children Christ with Children
firm/studio: James Powell & Sons
artist: Christopher Whall
1893
Church of St Cynfarch and St Mary, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire
south wall of the south nave
  St Michael and St George St Michael and St George
artist: Christopher Whall
about 1914
Church of All Saints, Glasbury, Powys
north wall of the nave
  War Memorial Window War Memorial Window
artist: Christopher Whall
about 1917
Church of St John the Baptist, Cardiff
south wall


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