Jane Gray (b.1931)

Ruislip Library, Design for Stained Glass Window (1987)



18 x 8.5 cm

Signed, dated and studio stamp verso.

In 1987, money was put aside for something to commemorate the Ruislip Library’s 50th anniversary; instead of another bench in a reading room, Gray received a commission for a stained glass window. This was the first window Gray made from her home in Shropshire  and she used the nearby willow trees to inspire the wreath of willow leaves and central ‘Tree of Knowledge’—a pollarded willow. The choice of tree was highly intentional as, coincidentally, a librarian by the name Miss Pollard had also died that year.

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.

Literature: Jane Gray, Playing with Rainbows. (Shropshire: Ellingham Press, 2011), p.36.

Condition: very good.

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