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Clayton & Bell (1855-1993)

Stained glass firm founded in London by John Richard Clayton and Alfred Bell. Within a few years the firm occupied a leading place in stained glass design and manufacture. Exceedingly prolific, and although usually of high standard, the 'production line' approach was beginning to show by the mid 1860s, by which time the firm was established in Regent Street with 300 employees. The firm was also prominent in the creation of decorative schemes and murals for churches. In the 1880s the two founders withdrew from active participation and Alfred Bell's eldest son, John Clement, eventually took over the firm after his partnership with John Essex Clayton. Successive generations kept the firm going until the death of Michael Farrar Bell in 1993.

Clayton and Bell Stained Glass Flickr Group

Further reading

Peter Larkworthy, Clayton and Bell, Stained Glass Artists and Decorators (London: The Ecclesiological Society, 1984).



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Signatures and maker's marks
  Signature    from    St Francis and a Woman with Children Signature
from St Francis and a Woman with Children

1962
Church of St Andoenus, Mounton, Monmouthshire
north wall of the nave
  Signature    from    Faith, Hope and Charity Signature
from Faith, Hope and Charity

1909
Church of St Stephen, Bodfari, Denbighshire
north wall of the nave
  Signature    from    The Virgin Mary with a Family Group Signature
from The Virgin Mary with a Family Group

1909
Church of St Stephen, Bodfari, Denbighshire
west end of the south aisle


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