"Spiritual Power": Commemorative Drawing for a Stained Glass Window for the Wesleyan Chapel, City Road, London. Frank Owen SALISBURY.

"Spiritual Power": Commemorative Drawing for a Stained Glass Window for the Wesleyan Chapel, City Road, London.

London: c.1930.

Pencil ink and crayon on paper, 2490 x 1345 mm; signed lower right "Frank O. Salisbury"; framed and glazed.

Superb stained-glass memorial to missionaries in Australia

This very large and most impressive drawing by Frank Salisbury is the original design for the stained glass window entitled "Spiritual Power", commissioned by the Melbourne philanthropist and businessman Frederick Cato and installed in Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London in about 1930. The inscription lower left records its presentation by Cato and the inscription at centre notes that it is "To Commemorate the Sending of the Missionaries to Australia in the early 19th century".

This very large and most impressive drawing by Frank Salisbury is the original design for the stained glass window entitled "Spiritual Power", commissioned by the Melbourne philanthropist and businessman Frederick Cato and installed in Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London in about 1930. The inscription lower left records its presentation by Cato and the inscription at centre notes that it is "To Commemorate the Sending of the Missionaries to Australia in the early 19th century".

Frederick Cato (1858-1935) was one of the original founders of the great Australian grocery chain Moran & Cato, which by 1935 had nearly 200 branches in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. He was an ardent Methodist and philanthropist and, among many other things, President of Queen's College at the University of Melbourne and a member of the Wesley College Council. A generous donor to the Methodist Ladies' College and the Methodist Boys' Homes, he also supported the missions in Arnhem Land, New Britain and India. His philanthropy extended to Great Britain, as witnessed by his commissioning of this stained-glass window, and continued his whole life; in the year of his death in 1935, he and his son Alec commissioned Paul Montford to model and cast a life-size bronze of John Wesley as a centenary gift to Victorian Methodism. The statue now stands at the front of Wesley Church in the city of Melbourne.

The British artist Frank Salisbury achieved considerable success as a portrait painter of his day, gaining celebrity through his pictures of historical pageantry in the House of Lords, the Royal Exchange and the London Guildhall. Royal portraiture extended to include the childhood Princess Margaret and royal weddings, the Jubilee Thanksgiving of 1935 and the coronation of George VI. His fame spread across the Atlantic with portraits of Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Coolidge and Eisenhower, and stars of stage and screen. However his preferred medium was stained glass and several other examples of his work are at Wesley's Chapel. In 1833 he became Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.

The window, manufactured by Hawes & Harris of Harpenden, was dedicated in 1930 before a crowded congregation which included the High Commissioner for Australia and the Agent General for Victoria. A picture of the window was sent to Buckingham Palace and the Queen replied saying she found it "very charming". This impressively large drawing, showing the continuation of interest in a revived loosely pre-Raphaelite style, is a rare survivor in the fragile medium of early twentieth century stained glass design.

Price (AUD): $9,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4505063

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