We had a stained glass panel made many years ago. It went into the front door of an Edwardian House. Unfortunately all the original glasses were modernised, a long time before our time! So what do you put on a stained glass panel ? The normal geometric pattern is the obvious choice. We wanted something more pictorial. The ornate painted on story panel you see in churches would be exhorbitant though.
We waited to hear what M would suggest. We told him our story, can he do something by way of a glass panel ? Yes, he said. This is what he made.
The glass panels have been replaced. We opted for geometric up top, plain coloured glass in the side panels and our story in the door. Unfortunately the hallway was not looking too presentable at this stage.
A couple of years later, we repainted the front of the house ( yes, they painted it black and white to modernise it too, the stairs lacquered black...
Then a few months later, A had a new job in Peterborough. What should we do about our story panel ? We called M back in and he made this.
We moved and took the panels with us. Two houses later, I finally made a frame for it and now it has been installed in the conservatory. This house is not quite of the age of stained glass but at least it is now somewhere safe as opposed to a box in the garage.
What's the story ? It depicts books and mortar board for Imperial where A&I met, Empire ( in Leicester Sq ) where A proposed ( class! ), a thistle for Scotland where we married and honeymooned, a river for the Thames that we can see from Guys ( Hospital ) where J was born and a crown for Kings ( Hospital ) where H was born.
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