Sinai and Sons help restore Henry Holiday Windows to ICAEW

Posted: 2017-05-16 16:34:01

BADA members Sinai and Sons have sold an important set of four stained glass windows by celebrated craftsman Henry Holiday to The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

The Pre-Raphaelite windows will now be installed as a feature point of the refurbishment of the Chartered Accountants’ Hall in the City of London.

Born in London in 1839, Holiday received his artistic training at Leigh’s Art School and the Royal Academy Schools before starting a long association with glass manufacturers James Powell and Sons of Whitefriars.

For the next 27 years, Henry supplied designs and full-size cartoons for many of the firms most prestigious stained glass commissions, including Worcester College, Oxford, Westminster Abbey and St Mary Magdalene, Paddington

After establishing his own premises in Hampstead in 1890, Henry Holiday was invited to enter a competition for the design of four stained glass windows for the new IACEW Hall in Moorgate Place. 

The four windows were made under Holiday’s close supervision at his Hampstead workshop, with the artist selecting all the coloured glass from his existing stock or ordering new ‘antique’ colours from leading manufacturers.

Holiday took immense pride from the finished work and exhibited the designs at the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society’s Sixth Exhibition at the New Gallery in 1899. Those original designs are now held in the Word & Image Department of the Victoria & Albert Musuem.

The windows remained in situ at the ICAEW Hall until 1970 when they were removed to make way for extensive alterations. They were sold and subsequently acquired by Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and remained with the family until 2014.

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