William Peckitt

(1731—1795) glass-painter

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(b Husthwaite (near Easingwold), N. Yorks, bapt 13 April 1731; d York, 14 Oct 1795). English stained-glass painter. He carried out much restoration of the York Minster glass and many tracery sections of nave windows show his distinctive enamelled glass painting skills, often displaying the numerals of the year he carried out the work. His four lower lancets in the south wall of the south transept depict Abraham, King Solomon, Moses and St Peter. In Exeter Cathedral Peckitt restored the great east window (1764-7) and executed glass for the great west window, which was removed in 1904. In the chapel of New College Oxford Peckitt painted the glass for the north window. He also removed the original Tree of Jesse (a pair to that made for Winchester College) from the great west window in 1765 and transferred it to York Minster, replacing it with a window depicting Jesus, the Virgin and the Twelve Apostles; his glass was in turn replaced in 1787, and instead installed in the side windows of the chapel. In Cambridge Peckitt made the Alma Mater window (1774-5) in the library of Trinity College, after an oil painting by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-85) representing George III Enthroned and Receiving Laurels from History and Fame. Peckitt's other work included the east windows of Lincoln (1762) and Ripon (1791) cathedrals; he also painted many portraits on glass, including one of himself (c. 1760; York, C.A.G.)

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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