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date: 22 October 2019

Lavers, Barraud & Westlakelocked

  • Carola Hicks

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English firm of stained-glass manufacturers. Nathaniel Wood Lavers (1828–1911), a craftsman and glassmaker, and Francis Phillip Barraud (1824–1900), a designer and painter of stained-glass windows, were employed by James Powell & Sons. In 1855 Lavers left to found his own firm, employing freelance designers, including Alfred Bell (1832–95), Henry Stacy Marks and Barraud, whom he took into partnership in 1858, when the firm became known as Lavers & Barraud. Barraud worked in a conventional Gothic Revival manner, but a more distinctive style was established by Nathaniel Westlake (1833–1921), a protégé of the architect William Burges. Westlake began to design for the firm in 1858 and became a partner in 1868 after which the firm was called Lavers, Barraud & Westlake; he retained this name after he became sole partner in 1880. It was Westlake’s knowledge of medieval art, Pre-Raphaelite style and simplification of previously over-elaborate drawing that brought the firm fame and success in the 1860s. A good example of this period is the glass (...

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