Ward & Hughes (about 1836 - 1920s)

Stained glass firm based in London which was initially a partnership between Thomas Ward (1808-1870) and James Henry Nixon (1802-1857). Nixon was a pupil of Charles Moss and then worked with John Hedgeland, before setting up a partnership with Thomas Ward in the 1830s, based at Frith St, Soho, in London. Henry Hughes (1822-1883) joined the firm in 1850 and became a partner in 1857. In the 1870s and 80s windows of similar styles were signed as both 'Ward & Hughes' and 'H. Hughes'. After Hughes' death, Thomas Figgis Curtis (1845-1924) took over the firm, although the windows were often still signed Ward & Hughes for a time, and then as T.F. Curtis, Ward & Hughes. In the late 1880s and 90s their windows were often designed by George Parlby.

The firm proved to be one of the most successful studios of their time, and employed a distinctive style. They were more likely to sign their work than many contemporary firms, making their work easier to identify.

Further reading

'Glass Painters 1750–1850 (Part II)' Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, vol. xiii, no. 2 (1960–1), 404.

J. Knowles, 'Glass-Painters 1750-1850 (Part III)' Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, vol. xiii, no. 3 (1961–2), 520-1.

Joyce Little, Stained Glass Marks and Monograms (London: National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, 2002), p. 124.

Martin Harrison, Victorian Stained Glass (London: 1980), pp. 22–3, 36–8, 83–4 and further references.

P. G. B. Binnal, 'Ward and Hughes' Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, vol. xvi, no. 3 (1979–80), 61–4.




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  The Crucifixion The Crucifixion
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
probably 1870s
Church of St Tyssil, Llandyssil, Powys
east wall of the chancel
  The Ascension The Ascension
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
1870
Church of St Mary, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire
east wall of the chancel
  The Ascension with Christ as the Light of the World and the Good Shepherd The Ascension with Christ as the Light of the World and the Good Shepherd
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
about 1870
Church of St John the Baptist, Clydach, Swansea
east wall of the chancel
  Angels Angels
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
about 1870
Church of St John the Baptist, Clydach, Swansea
chancel
  St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist St John the Baptist and St John the Evangelist
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
about 1870
Church of St John the Baptist, Clydach, Swansea
west wall of the nave
  Angel Angel
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
about 1870
Church of St John the Baptist, Clydach, Swansea
west end of the church
  The Three Marys Visit the Empty Tomb The Three Marys Visit the Empty Tomb
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
probably 1870s
Church of St John the Baptist, Clydach, Swansea
  Scenes from the Life of Christ Scenes from the Life of Christ
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
about 1871
Church of St Mary, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire
west wall of south nave aisle
  The Sermon on the Mount The Sermon on the Mount
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
about 1871
Church of St Peter, Dixton, Monmouthshire
south wall of the nave
  The Resurrection, Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and Christ Carrying the Cross The Resurrection, Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and Christ Carrying the Cross
firm/studio: Ward & Hughes
1872
Church of St Mary, Ruabon, Wrexham
south wall of the south chancel chapel




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