JOHN HARDMAN (1811-1867) & COMPANY
DESIGN FOR A STAINED GLASS WINDOW IN WORCESTER CATHEDRAL
ink and watercolour on paper
89.5 x 34cm
Bonhams, 10.3.98, Lot 188
Design for the memorial window to Lieut Colonel Walter Unett, 3rd King's Own Light Dragoons (d.1860) and erected in the south aisle of the Lady Chapel.
Detailed watercolour depiction of the three light window, in medieval style, with a series of historiated scenes of the life of a figure dressed as a medieval knight - apparently Joshua (see below), set in quatrefoils and sexfoils, against a foliated background. Below the window the arcaded dado is depicted with a memorial brass cross and plaque, inscribed as follows:
Walter Unett Colonel,Late Lieutenant Colonel,3 King's Own Light Dragoons. This Window was the Gift of the Officers, NC Officers and men and several former comrades in the Regiment in which he had served upwards of 27 years, which he had quitted only 4 weeks before his death and with which he had fought and bled, in Afghanistan, Cahonl(?) and the Punjab at Kamringar Sedoolapore and Chillianwallah. Born 17th February 1815, Died 6th June 1860.
His remains were interred in the Parish Church Milverton
John Hardman (1811 - 67) was one of the pioneers of the stained glass revival of the nineteenth century and was responsible for most of the 19th century glass in Worcester. His Birmingham based operation started out as an ecclesiastical metal works but, at the suggestion of A.W.N. Pugin, the business expanded into glass manufacture in 1845. Pugin designed for the firm until his death in 1852 when this role passed onto his nephew John Hardman Powell.
Glennys Wild, Senior Curator in the Birmingham Museum Art Department, discovered that Surgeon Major MacKenzie (3rd Dragoons) ordered the window on 6th March 1861, with the subject of The Life of Joshua, intended to be the central window in the Lady Chapel. The Order Book is annotated 'MacKenzie has sketch'. Another entry on 4th May, 1863, states that he was sent framed and glazed drawings (sic) of the Unett memorial window and brass, as was George Unett of Broadwater Hall, Aston, Salop, in October, 1863. Reference to the Index to Memorial Brasses gives an entry for a cross, bust, arms and inset for Colonel Unett in 1862. The documentation was apparently sent to the International Exhibition of 1862 and exhibited there, possibly with the window. This would appear to be one of the framed and glazed drawings sent to MacKenzie or Unett in 1863.
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