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Ascension of Christ (detail)

John Henry Dearle for Morris & Company, England


Less well-known than William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, Dearle was an important artist in his own right.

"Following Morris's death in 1896, Dearle was appointed Art Director of the firm, and became its principal stained glass designer on the death of Burne-Jones in 1898.
Critical assessment of Dearle's work underwent a significant change during the final decades of the twentieth century, recognizing Dearle's mature work as having a unique artistic vision of its own. Morris's reputation overshadowed Dearle's work throughout Dearle's career: Dearle exhibited early patterns under Morris's name and Dearle designs continue to be sold as Morris patterns. Dearle always remained close to Morris's aesthetic, yet from the 1890s onward Dearle incorporated a distinctive set of Persian and Turkish influences."


Ascension of Christ (detail)