Looking for John Thornton: The Great East Window of York Minster Revisited

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The recent conservation of the Great East Window, complemented by a programme of research and recording, has facilitated a reconsideration of the role of the master-glazier John Thornton, contracted in 1405 to lead the team responsible for the making of the window. Past preoccupations with the role of Thornton as glass-painter, the author of a ‘Thornton style’, has obscured his importance as designer and manager of one of the most ambitious glazing schemes ever conceived. Close scrutiny of the window has also shed new light on workshop practices, the use of cartoons, the glazier’s table and the collaborative nature of the late medieval glazing workshop.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYork: Art, Architecture and Archaeology
Subtitle of host publicationThe British Archaeological Association Conference Transaction XLVII
EditorsSarah Brown, Sarah Rees Jones, Tim Ayers
Place of PublicationAbindon and New York
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781003181231
ISBN (Print)9781032019666
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2021


  • Stained Glass
  • York Minster
  • John Thornton
  • Conservation stained glass

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