Karl Parsons
Karl Parsons was an English stained glass
Stained glass
The term stained glass can refer to coloured glass as a material or to works produced from it. Throughout its thousand-year history, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches and other significant buildings...


At the age of 15 Parsons became an apprentice in the studio of Christopher Whall
Christopher Whall
Christopher Whitworth Whall was an English stained glass artist who worked from 1897 into the 20th century.He was an important member of the Arts and Crafts Movement, who became a leading designer of stained glass. His most important work is the glass for the Lady Chapel in Gloucester Cathedral...

 where he was strongly influenced by the philosophy and practice of the Arts and Crafts Movement
Arts and Crafts movement
Arts and Crafts was an international design philosophy that originated in England and flourished between 1860 and 1910 , continuing its influence until the 1930s...

. He was an exceptional pupil and became Whall’s principal assistant. Together with Edward Woore (another of Whall’s younger apprentices or pupils) he helped illustrate Whall’s book, Stained Glass Work (1905). He became one of the foremost stained glass artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement and set up his own studio at the Glass House
The Glass House (Fulham)
The Glass House was a purpose-built stained-glass studio and workshop for independent artists established in 1906, in Fulham, West London. It was closely connected with the Arts and Crafts Movement....

 of Mary Lowndes
Mary Lowndes
Mary Lowndes was an important British stained-glass and poster artist, and an active member of the Suffragette movement. She was a leading light in the Arts and Crafts Movement and Chair of the Artists Suffrage League .-Work:...

 and A.J. Drury in Lettice Street, Fulham where many artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement had their studios. In the same year, he also began teaching at the London County Council
London County Council
London County Council was the principal local government body for the County of London, throughout its 1889–1965 existence, and the first London-wide general municipal authority to be directly elected. It covered the area today known as Inner London and was replaced by the Greater London Council...

 (LCC) Central School of Arts and Crafts in Camden
London Borough of Camden
In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough were already developed and had a total population of 96,795. This continued to rise swiftly throughout the 19th century, as the district became built up; reaching 270,197 in the middle of the century...


Stained glass by Parsons in the north Chancel wall of the Church of St Mary’s Bibury
Bibury is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It is situated on the River Coln, about northeast of Cirencester.The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary is Saxon with altar additions...

, England was featured in the 1992 Christmas stamp set issued by the Royal Mail.

Other Stained Glass by Karl Parsons

Examples of the work of Parsons can be seen at:
  • St Matthew's, Oxhey
    Oxhey is a suburb of the borough of Watford in the county of Hertfordshire, England. It is located at and forms part of the Watford post town....

    , England
  • Christ Church in Pukehou
    Pukehou is a farming locality in southern Hawkes Bay, in the eastern North Island of New Zealand. it is located on State Highway 2, about half way between Hastings and Waipukurau. The locality's name is Maori, and means "Hill of houhou", the houhou being a small native flowering tree, panax...

    , New Zealand
  • St Michael and All Angels, Waterford, Hertfordshire
    Waterford, Hertfordshire
    Waterford is situated on the River Beane, just 2 km north of the county town of Hertford in Hertfordshire, England, on the A119 road. It is most notable for the church of St Michael and All Angels, which has Pre-Raphaelite stained-glass windows from the Morris & Co. factory...

    , England
  • St. Lawrence at Ansley, Warwickshire
    Ansley, Warwickshire
    Ansley is a village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire, England. The parish includes Ansley Common, Ansley Hall, Birchley Heath, and formerly Ansley Hall Colliery. The village is just to the west of Nuneaton, and near Arley, Astley and Church End.Ansley Parish...

    , England
  • Christ Church, Catshill
    Not to be confused with Catshill, WalsallCatshill is a village in Worcestershire about 2.5 miles north of Bromsgrove and 10 miles south-west of Birmingham. The parish of Catshill was formed around the Turnpike Road in 1844....

    , England
  • All Saints Church, Porthcawl
    Porthcawl is a town on the south coast of Wales in the county borough of Bridgend, 25 miles west of the capital city, Cardiff and 19 miles southeast of Swansea...

    , Wales
  • St Peter's Church, Bardon Hill
    Bardon Hill
    Bardon Hill is a hill in the civil parish of Bardon near Coalville, Leicestershire. It the highest point in Leicestershire and the National Forest, above sea level. The hill has two very distinct faces – one half preserved as a site of special scientific interest , the other removed by Bardon Hill...

    , Leics, England
  • St Bride's Episcopal Church, Glasgow
    Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country's west central lowlands...

    , Scotland
  • St Mary Magdalene's Church, Alsager
    Alsager is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England, to the north-west of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and east of the railway town of Crewe...

    , Cheshire, England
  • Old Saint Paul's, Edinburgh
    Old Saint Paul's, Edinburgh
    Old Saint Paul's is an historic church of the Scottish Episcopal Church in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town in Scotland. It stands on the site of the original home of the separate Scottish Episcopal Church, part of the Anglican Communion, which evolved with the adoption of the Presbyterian...

    , Scotland
  • St Mary's Church, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Flickr photographers' pool of Karl Parsons work
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