Praise Him in the Height, to the design of George Heywood Sumner, completed in 2002, next to the original design as shown in the Studio magazine (p.48) of 1912. The original windows from this and Sumner's other designs for St Mary the Virgin, Great Warley, in Essex, were blown out by a bomb in 1940, during World War II (see Powell), but a pair of new ones has been recreated in this century, after painstaking research by the AuraVisions firm. The firm conserves and restores stained glass as well as creating new work, and their website explains that this particular project took two years. Although the two lancets were based on the illustrations clearly shown in the Studio of 1912, it was still a hard task. "His particular subtle colouring required study and the glass he had used was all but extinct," they explain. But "[a] few 'happy accidents' with the acid brought forth some good results that enabled the clear background glass to be matched very well." The results do seem very faithful to the original.

O Praise the Lord of Heaven, from an illustration (on p.49 of the Studio) that provided a design for the whole window, rather than just the figure. In the illustration, the angel lancet that was recreated is flanked by lancets depicting David and Moses.

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Sources

"The Arts and Crafts Exhibition at the Grafton Gallery: First Notice." The Studio, Vol. XXXVII (1912): 48-64. Internet Archive. Contributed by Robarts Library, University of Toronto. Web. 25 June 2015.

Powell, W. R., ed. "Great Warley." In A History of the County of Essex, Volume 7. London, 1978. 163-74. British History Online. Web. 25 June 2015.

"St Marys, Great Warley." "New Ecclessiastical" (seventh item on the webpage). AuraVisions. Web. 25 June 2015.


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