14th century AD
Glass (stained / painted)
File of material relating to a angel playing trumpet depicted on stained glass. Includes photocopy of image of object (date unspecified); photocopy of extract from exhibition catalogue, 'The Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagent England 1200-1400' (Royal Academy of Arts, 1987) comprising entry describing present object; photocopy of extract from '50 Treasures from the Hunt Collection' (Limerick: Hunt Museum Executive, 1993) by Patrick Doran comprising description of object; photocopy of letter (29 April 1997) from Phyllis Stoddart, volunteer, Decorative Arts Department, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool Museum, to Michael Holland, Registrar, Hunt Museum. Writes that she has been trying to identify glass plate photographs recently discovered at her museum and among them has found several photographs relating to the stained glass in the Hunt Museum. Writes that in publication entitled 'History of Design in Painted Glass,' Volume II (1882), by N.H.J. Westlake, there is an illustration of a piece of stained glass which bears a striking resemblance to the present object (photocopy of extract from Westlake is present). Further, Stoddart states that the piece of stained glass whose illustration Westlake published is identified as coming from Bristol Cathedral. She refers to a letter dated 22 November 1912 from Fred G. Bell to Doctor Philip Nelson in which Bell refers to a '13th century figure with trumpet' which forms part of a collection he is offering for sale. A later communication informs Nelson that Bell has sold 'the whole of the old glass' to Mr Grosvenor Thomas. Stoddart asks Holland if he has any documentation in the Hunt Museum archives that suggests Thomas is the source of the present object; incomplete newspaper article and photocopy thereof (date unspecified) called 'Honouring the Goths' by Nigel Gosling which mentions, 'the pastoral lyricism of the tiny, camp stained-glass angel from a Bristol abbey'; photocopy of image of figure of angel with trumpet in stone which is a detail ofTympanum of Autun, Burgundy, and extracted from publication entitled 'The Story of the Wise Men' by Regine Pernoud and Canon Grivot (London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1964). Documents mention that this piece of stained glass was exhibited in two exhibitions. These are: 'Gothic Art in Europe' hosted at the Louvre in 1968 and 'The Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagent England 1200-1400' hosted by the Royal Academy, London, in 1988. Letters (5 June 1968-8 November 1968) from Secretariat General, Council of Europe, to John Hunt, Senior, Drumleck, Baily, county Dublin, seeking his permission to use an image of the present object on cover of the Christmas card of the Council of Europe for 1968. Permission granted and proof of Christmas card present. Also present are letters (16 June 1986-22 January 1988) from the organisers of the 1988 Royal Academy exhibition to Gertrude Hunt, Trudy Hunt and John Hunt, Junior, relating to loan arrangements for the stained glass.
Place of collection
Stained-glass panel of angel with a trumpet | Glass (stained | painted) | 14th century AD | The Hunt Collection | PD