Windows for the world

Nineteenth-century stained glass and the international exhibitions, 1851–1900

By Dr Jasmine Allen

Windows for the world


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1472-3
  • Pages: 264
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: April 2018
  • BIC Category: Art History, Ceramic & glass: artworks, ART / Museum Studies, ART / History / General, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Museology & heritage studies, The arts / History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900, Stained Glass: Artworks
  • Series: Studies in Design and Material Culture


Windows for the world explores the display and reception of nineteenth-century British stained glass in a secular exhibition context. International in scope, the book focuses on the global development of stained glass in this period as showcased at, and influenced by, these exhibitions. It recognises those who made and exhibited stained glass and demonstrates the long-lasting impact of the classification and modes of display at these events. A number of exhibits are illustrated in colour and are analysed in relation to stylistic developments, techniques and material innovations, as well as the broader iconographies of nation and empire in the nineteenth century.


Jasmine Allen is Curator of The Stained Glass Museum, which boasts a national collection of stained glass windows from the medieval to the modern period. She gained her PhD from the University of York.


1 Exhibiting stained glass: classification, organisation and status
2 A multitude of displays
3 Stylistic eclecticism in nineteenth-century stained glass
4 Competition and exchange: exhibitors and their networks
5 Stained glass as propaganda
Conclusion: reappraising nineteenth-century stained glass

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