(b 1645; d 1709). English painter and designer of stained glass, active in York. He was famous both for his detailed heraldic work and for his stained-glass sundials. In York Minster there is a small amount of Gyles glass in the south choir aisle; the central lower panel displaying the arms of Archbishop Lamplugh (d 1691) shows the light yellow glass that is almost a trademark of his work. Gyles also made glass for the York Guildhall (now V&A, London). His pupils Joshua and William Price (both fl 1696-1717) did much work in a pictorial and classical manner in Oxford. Gyles was the host of the York Society of Virtuosi, who met at his Micklegate house.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.