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Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Stained Glass Panel - Constance

Chaucer's 'Legend of Good Women' - Stained Glass Panel - Constance, 1863

Stained glass panel.
742mm x 460mm
[Centre right] Constance
Bequest of J R Holliday, 1927.

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A woman with her head fully wrapped in a turban, seen in 3/4 view facing left, holding a rose in her right hand.


Exhibition History

1984 Whitworth Art Gallery


A C Sewter . The Stained Glass of William Morris and His Circle. Yale University Press, New Haven: 1975. Vol. II: pp. 17-18.Nicholas Taylor and Anthony Symondoon. Burges and Morris at Bingley: A Discovery. Architectural Review: 1979. pp. 34-38.

Research Information:

The partnership of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones began at Oxford where they shared a taste for the romantic, religious and legendary. Although influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, they applied their love of exoticism to interior design as well as Fine Art. In 1861 they formed the firm of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co based on equality of members, high standards of craftsmanship and respect for natural forms. They later reformed into Morris & Co and produced tapestry, wallpaper, furniture and stained glass, of which Burne-Jones became the exclusive designer.The firm dominated English stained glass manufacturing in the second half of the 19th century, reaching a peak during the 1870s and 1880s. This is an image of Chaucer's heroine, Constance, from his 'Canterbury Tales'.