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1794 - Horace Walpole's Stained Glass Painter.


[PECKITT, William]. The Wonderful Love of God to Men or, Heaven Opened in Earth. viii, 190, [2]pp. A very good clean copy neatly bound in recent boards, paper spine label. There are a number of minor text corrections in a contemporary hand. Very rare. 8vo. York: printed by L. Lund, for the Author. 1794. ESTC T97539 records BL, Oxford, York Minster only, & there is also a copy at the Yale Center for British Art. The sole edition, not in the Lewis Walpole Library, which notes a Stained Glass Panel with Walpole Coat of Arms by Peckitt. ~ William Peckitt (1731-1795) was a leading stained glass painter in York. He painted windows of multi-coloured light across the country and counted George III among his patrons. The vivid colours of his work can been seen on either side of the south transept in York Minster. Horace Walpole also used William Peckitt to glaze the remainder of Strawberry Hill after the retirement of William Price, the younger in 1761. In an advertisement he stated that he had acquired his knowledge of glass-painting as a result of 'many experiments', and this statement was corroborated after his death by his daughter Harriot in a letter to the Gentleman's Magazine. In 2019 the University of York acquired his teenage hand-written notebook depicting some of his techniques and recipes for colour mixing. Articles on Peckitt, although noting this work, appear to overlook its significance in elucidating his theory of colours. The section entitled “The Aetherial Fires”, pp 43-52, also deals with reflecting prisms, and was most probably written from his practical experience in working with glass.