Online Lecture: Portraiture in Victorian Stained Glass

Join us for the first of our online annual lectures for 2020 with Dr Jim Cheshire
The inclusion of portraits in stained glass is a notable feature of Victorian windows from the 1860s onwards, arguably a symptom of the wider democratisation of portraiture initiated by photography. In many Victorian windows, photographic portraits were used to incorporate individuals within religious imagery thus blurring the boundaries between personal experience and iconography and expanding the cultural role of the medium.
This lecture will explore the significance of this phenomenon and argue that it complicates any facile understanding of Victorian stained glass as uniform and mass produced.
Jim Cheshire is Associate Professor of Cultural History at the University of Lincoln, he works on nineteenth-century visual and material culture, particularly Victorian medievalism, stained glass and publishing history. His latest monograph, Tennyson and Mid-Victorian Publishing: Moxon, Poetry, Commerce was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 and he has recently written essays for the Routledge Companion to William Morris, the Oxford Handbook of Victorian Medievalism and the Bloomsbury Cultural History of the Interior.
This online talk is the first of The Stained Glass Museum’s Autumn Lecture series. All profits from ticket sales will go towards The Stained Glass Museum (registered charity 1169842)
Tickets, which must be bought online, at £5 (£4 for Friends of the Museum)+ booking fee and can be purchased here:…/portraiture-in-victorian…

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21 Oct 2020


7:00 pm - 8:30 pm




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