A fascinating project, Solomon was one of five figurative windows that had at some stage been extracted from Lichfield Cathedral and stored for many years.
Very Italianate in style, with superb facial characteristics, animated poses and accomplished use of paint and enamels, these windows displayed 'fresco like' qualities, quite unlike traditional stained glass (compare Breedon on the Hill window).
Believed to date from the early C19th, the windows were of outstanding quality, although regrettably in a terrible state bearing multiple fractures, mending leads and pieces mis-matched or absent altogether.
The fragile windows required a lengthy and considered conservation programme, with steps taken to restore clarity to the design of the windows by removing unnecessary repair leads if possible.
Solomon's left hand before and after conservation.
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