Alfred Bell (1832-1895)
Artist and designer. Born in Silton in the west country to a family of skilled carpenters and craftsmen, Alfred Bell was introduced to George Gilbert Scott
by the Rector of Silton, and was offered a place in Scott's studio in 1844. He worked there with G.F. Bodley
and G.E. Street
before designing for Nathaniel Lavers
, preferring to work in stained glass and the decorative arts, rather than as an architect. He formed a partnership with John Richard Clayton in 1856, and their firm, known as Clayton & Bell
, was among the most successful firms producing stained glass in the nineteenth century. After establishing the partnership, Alfred Bell also designed for James Powell & Sons
. He was a prolific watercolourist and exhibited at the Royal Academy.Further reading
Peter Larkworthy, Clayton and Bell, Stained Glass Artists and Decorators (London: The Ecclesiological Society, 1984).
Joyce Little, Stained Glass Marks and Monograms (London: National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, 2002), p. 12.
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