Provenance: Libby Horner
Literature: Horner Libby, Morgan Gareth, ‘Brangwyn and Tiffany: a 21st-century interpretation of a 19th-century design’ in The Journal of Stained Glass, Volume XXXIII, 2009, p132-137 (illustrated p137);
Horner Libby, Frank Brangwyn: Stained Glass. A catalogue raisonné, Stanford, 2011, p29 (illustrated p17)
Film: Mapleston Charles, Horner Libby, Frank Brangwyn: Stained Glass. A catalogue raisonné, Malachite, 2010
In 1898 Siegfried Bing, owner of the Galeries L’Art Nouveau in Paris, commissioned Brangwyn to make designs which would be produced by Louis Comfort Tiffany’s company and exhibited at the Grafton Galleries, London the following year.
Brangwyn produced six designs, Baptism of Christ, Child with Gourd, Flute Player, Girl with Bowl, Girls with Herm and Youth and Age. Of these Baptism of Christ and another titled Music were produced and exhibited, but the latter is not known to exist.
Baptism of Christ is now in The Baltimore Museum of Art and the only other extant panel, Child with Gourd, is in the collection of The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.
In 2007 Libby Horner started compiling a catalogue of Brangwyn’s stained glass, the first ever catalogue raisonné to be produced as a DVD. As part of the process she wanted to illustrate the complexities of making stained glass. Gareth Morgan AMGP, an accomplished artist proved to be an ideal interpreter of Brangwyn. Working from illustrations of Girl with Bowl in The Studio and Art et Decoration, 1899, and his knowledge of Brangwyn’s colouring, Gareth produced Girl with Bowl 2. The panel was hand-made in the traditional way using mouth-blown opalescent white flash from English Antique Glass, flashed glass from Sunderland Glass, machine-made flashed opal from Schott in Germany and making full use of ‘accidentals’. Brangwyn always relied on a stained glass maker to interpret his designs for autonomous panels and church window.
The panel is sold together with Gareth Morgan’s cartoon, the DVD and book, signed by the author.