Designer / Painter / Retailer
After a design by Edward Burne-Jones
Painted by Stephen Rogers (?1846-?),
for Morris & Co (1861-1940)
Stained glass, with lead divisions
144.7 cm x 56.5 cm
English (London), circa 1903
Supplied for Aldenham School Chapel, but not used; Morris & Co. showrooms, 449, Oxford Street, London; […]; Haslam & Whiteway; Max Palevsky (1924-2010); acquired in 2011 for our apartment on Mount Street, London
A.C. Sewter, The Stained Glass of William Morris and his Circle, I & II, New Haven and London, 1975
Charlotte Gere and Michael Whiteway, Nineteenth-Century Design, London, 1993, pl. 270 (where misdated to 1895)
H. Blairman & Sons Ltd., Furniture and Works of Art (2012), no. 20
The tall depiction of David, with small hands and head, exemplifies what Sewter identifies as the style of Burne-Jones’s last figure designs (op. cit., I, p. 58). This figure of David was first conceived in 1896 for part of the south transept window at Albion Congregational Church, Ashton-upon-Lyne. It had the Morris & Co. design number ‘EBJ WB76’; see Sewter, op. cit, II, p. 11.
The present window is recorded by Sewter: ’29 December 1903. Specimen. DAVID painted by Rogers, [active with Morris & Co. 1903-04] originally intended for Aldenham School Chapel, but found to be ‘out of scale’, and sent to Oxford Street’ (op. cit., II, p. 229). Sewter records that between 1895 and 1930 Morris & Co. supplied nine examples of this window (op. cit., II, p. 290).
King David was identified by the late Donald Green as that on the right side of the two left hand windows on the first floor at 449, Oxford Street, shown in an early twentieth-century photograph.