This week’s competition prize is Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work by Nicola Gordon Bowe, published by Four Courts Press (£45), which was shortlisted for the 2016 Apollo Book of the Year. Click here for your chance to win.
Wilhelmina Geddes (1887–1955) was a vital figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement and the 20th-century British stained glass revival – a medieval-modernist painter of rare intellect, skill and aesthetic integrity. On her death she was described as ‘the greatest stained glass artist of our time’ but since then she has been largely forgotten.
This magisterial account aims to bring Geddes, her world and her work to the wider audience that she deserves. As she moved from Belfast (where she attended art school), to Dublin (where she studied under William Orpen and worked with Sarah Purser at An Túr Gloine) to London (where she lived and worked throughout the Second World War and its aftermath), Geddes continued to produce stained glass and other works of unique power and originality.
For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 3rd February.
Q: For which Belgian cathedral did Wilhelmina Geddes design a rose window?
This competition closes at midday on 3 February.
For our last competition prize we offered Jerusalem, 1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven edited by Barbara Drake Boehm and Melanie Holcomb, published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art (£50). The question was:
What are the four quarters of Jerusalem’s Old City?
Answer: Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian quarters.
Congratulations to the winner, Matt McAndrew.
The loss of the National Glass Centre would be a shattering blow