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"Theologia": Window of Classical Learning

Henry Holiday, London, England


Henry Holiday (1839-1927) was an important Pre-Raphaelite painter became and a leading maker of stained glass. He was admitted to the Royal Academy at the age of 15, and knew Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. He created many acclaimed paintings in the Pre-Raphaelite manner.

In 1861, Holiday accepted the job of stained glass window designer for Powell's Glass Works in London, after Burne-Jones had joined Morris & Co.as a glass designer. During his time at Powell he made over 300 commissions, mostly for customers in the USA.

The design of this window was first created in 1885 for Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey, not far from New York City. The same Methodists founded the University of Manitoba and requested another edition of the splendid window from Holiday.

In 1891 he left Powell to set up his own glass works in Hampstead, producing stained glass, mosaics, enamels and other sacred objects.