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Robert J. Newbery (1861-1940)


Designer of stained glass. Robert Newbery's letterhead styled him as 'Artist in Stained Glass, Mural Decoration and Monumental Brasses' (1914). His studio was located at 27 Fitzroy Square, London, and his work is exceptionally well-represented in south and west Wales during the period from 1895 until the early 1920s, with smaller numbers of windows being made into the early 1930s. It is not clear how involved he was in the making of his own stained glass, and a single known example of a window designed by him was made (and signed) by Charles Powell.

The large amount of stained glass by him in the southern half of Wales may be partly accounted for by family connections in Haverfordwest, and the patronage of the first baron Merthyr, W.T. Lewis.



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image not available East Window
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
1895
Church of All Saints, Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot
east wall of the chancel (window number: I)
  Angel    detail from    The Creation Angel
detail from The Creation

firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
1896
Church of St John the Baptist, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil
(liturgical) south wall of the nave
  'Give us this day our daily bread' 'Give us this day our daily bread'
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
donor: William Thomas Lewis
1896
Church of St Tydfil, Merthyr Tydfil
west wall of the nave (baptistry) (window number: WI)
image not available The Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, St John and St Mary Magdalene
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
about 1896
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Pontygwaith, Rhondda Cynon Taff
east wall of the chancel (window number: I)
  Instruments of the Passion with Christ the Good Shepherd Instruments of the Passion with Christ the Good Shepherd
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
1897
Church of St Peter, Llandevaud, Newport
east wall of the chancel
  Crucifixion with St Michael and Old and New Testament Subjects Crucifixion with St Michael and Old and New Testament Subjects
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
1900
Church of St Margaret, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff
east wall of chancel (window number: I)
  The Nativity The Nativity
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
about 1900
Church of St Margaret, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff
north wall of the sanctuary (window number: nII)
  Christ with a Child and Christ the Good Shepherd Christ with a Child and Christ the Good Shepherd
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
about 1900
Church of St Margaret, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff
south wall of the south transept
  Receiving the Crown of Life Receiving the Crown of Life
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
about 1900
Church of St Peter, Glasbury, Powys
south wall of the nave
  Christ Receiving the Sick Christ Receiving the Sick
firm/studio: Robert J. Newbery
about 1900
Church of St Margaret, Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taff
south wall of the sanctuary (window number: sII)


Further reading

Martin Crampin, Stained Glass from Welsh Churches (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 2014), pp. 10, 158–9.

Joyce Little, Stained Glass Marks and Monograms (London: National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, 2002), p. 89.

John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), pp.99-100.





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