Stained Glass in Wales | Gwydr Lliw yng Nghymru

John Richard Clayton (1827-1913)

Sculptor and stained glass designer. John Richard Clayton was from a peripatetic family, originating in the north of England, and began his career making sculptural models. He also worked as a book illustrator and designed stained glass from the early 1850s. He spent a few months at the Royal Academy Schools in 1849, where he met Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other young Pre-Raphaelite artists. Through the architect George Gilbert Scott he met Alfred Bell, who was one of Scott's pupils. He began working with Bell, and the firm Clayton & Bell went on to become one of the most prolific stained glass manufacturers and church decorators in England. He continued to work independently as a sculptor and draughtsman, and designed the mosaics for Scott's Albert Memorial in 1872. The wealth derived from the success of Clayton & Bell allowed him to develop his own art collections. He was also influential as an advisor and had many friends among leading churchmen.

Search for further information about John Richard Clayton on Google

Your search found 1 result
  Christ Carrying the Cross Christ Carrying the Cross
firm/studio: Clayton & Bell
designer: probably John Richard Clayton
Church of St Mary, Dolgellau, Gwynedd
north wall of the nave
Further reading

William Waters, Angels & Icons: Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass 1850–1870 (Abbots Morton: Serapim Press, 2012), pp. 41–120.

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

Gerald W. Clayton, 'John Richard Clayton: Some notes on his lesser-known works' Journal of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters, vol. xii, no. 1 (1955-6), 36-8.

Browse list of people in the database

View this record on the Imaging the Bible in Wales database

Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies

Database and software developed by Technoleg Taliesin © 2011-2024