TONY BENYON

Tony is a glass painter, who began working with Caroline at the Fulham Glass House. He is also a Stained Glass researcher who has written and lectured on the subject and is involved in a long term research project involving the identification of Stained Glass workers

Articles:

Three case studies of research into 19th- century British glass painters, using census material available on CD-ROM. The Journal of Stained Glass Vol XX1V 2000

London glass painters, designers and draughtsmen in 1881: part 2. The Journal of Stained Glass Vol XXV 2001

British glass painters, designers and draughtsman in 1881 and 1901: CD and on-line research. The Journal of Stained Glass Vol XXX V1 2002

The development of Antique and other glasses used in 19th- and 20th-century stained glass. The Journal of Stained Glass Vol XX1X 2005

Glass stainers and painters who appear in the ‘Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court, 1674 to 1913. The Journal of Stained Glass VolXXX11 2008

Stained Glass workers employed by James Powell & Sons and by Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company and Morris & Company: a biographical listing. The Journal of Stained Glass Vol XXV 2012

Lectures:

`From Kelp to Slab' How 19th century glass painting styles adapted to the new varieties of mouth blown and cast glass: and the archaeological importance of glass identification during restoration in combination with the preservation of commercial glass samples. A paper delivered at the 2005 British Society of Master Glass Painters two day conference on "Aspects of 20th Century Stained Glass" at Glaziers Hall, London 

 ‘The glazing of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral’. A paper delivered at the British Society of Master Glass Painters 2011 annual weekend conference taking place in Chester

Research Project:

A ten year project identifying previously unrecorded stained glass designers, painters and workers, mostly through the use of census forms, newspapers and trade listings; and tracing their patterns of geographic movement and expansion during the 19th century. The absence of stained glass archives, either destroyed or lost for a variety of reasons, has made it previously impossible to determine the number of artists and craftsmen active in the craft during the 19th century.

Access to data, from 1800-1911, now made available through the internet, has provided the means to identify approximately 3,500 male and female stained glass workers active in the craft during the 19th and early 20th centuries and to outline their careers and movement in search of work. The intention is to publish the results of this research when completed.