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Michael and Arthur O'Connor


Firm producing stained glass. Michael O'Connor (1801-67) was a native of Dublin, and worked as a heraldic painter. He moved to England and settled first in Bristol, and subsequently moved to London in 1845, where he sustained a successful business. He was a pupil of Thomas Willement, and also collaborated with A.W.N. Pugin. Prominent among his windows are those for St Saviour's, Leeds. His work was shown at the Great Exhibition, 1851.

Arthur O'Connor (1826-73) was one of his sons, who became his partner in the firm at about that date. Another son, William Henry, joined the firm in the 1860s, as did William George Taylor (born 1822) in 1873. Taylor subsequently led the firm from 1877 as Taylor & O'Connor and then Taylor & Clifton, continuing into the early twentieth century.



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  The Transfiguration The Transfiguration
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
1854
Church of St Michael, Abertillery, Blaenau Gwent
(liturgical) north wall
  Scenes from the Life of Christ Scenes from the Life of Christ
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
about 1855
Church of St David, Pantasaph, Flintshire
east wall of the chancel
  The Resurrection with the Four Evangelists and Scenes from the Passion The Resurrection with the Four Evangelists and Scenes from the Passion
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
1859
Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
east wall of the chancel
  The Ascension The Ascension
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
1859
Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
south wall of the sanctuary
  Armorial Window Armorial Window
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
1859
Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
east end of the south aisle
image not available The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John
firm/studio: Arthur O'Connor
1859
Church of St Michael, Manafon, Powys
east wall of the chancel
  Musical Angels Musical Angels
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
1859
Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
west wall
  The Crucifixion The Crucifixion
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
1859
Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
north wall of the sanctuary
  Agnus Dei Agnus Dei
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
1859
Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
east end of the north aisle
  The Nativity The Nativity
firm/studio: Michael and Arthur O'Connor
about 1860
Church of St Margaret, Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire
west end of the north wall of the chancel


Further reading

Joyce Little, Stained Glass Marks and Monograms (London: National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, 2002), p. 92.

Malcolm Seaborne, Victorian and Later Stained Glass Windows in Flintshire Churches (Mold: 1996), p. 14.

Martin Harrison, Victorian Stained Glass (London: 1980), pp. 18, 81–2 and further references.





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