Not a great deal is known about Alfred Hassam (1842-69), particularly his artistic training, but he likely studied at the South Kensington Schools. He began designing stained glass as early as 1858 at age sixteen. He is now best known for being one of the most innovative stained-glass designers for the firm of Heaton, Butler and Bayne. Hassam and Robert Turnill Bayne both joined Heaton Butler in around 1860. Hassam became one of the most progressive artists of his day but his promising career was cut short by his premature death from consumption (pulmonary tuberculosis) on June 2, 1869 at the age of twenty-seven. Hassam was principally a watercolour painter but also painted in oils. —Dennis T. Lanigan



Waters, William and Carew-Cox, Alastair. Angels & Icons. Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass 1850-1870, Worchester: Seraphim Press Ltd., 2012, 200-218, fig. 300. [Review]

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