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Geddes, Wilhelmina (1887–1955)

Geddes, Wilhelmina (1887–1955)

Irish ecclesiastical artist . Born in Drumreilly, County Leitrim, Ireland, in 1887; died in 1955; attended Methodist College, Belfast; Belfast School of Art; Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin.

One of Dublin's first stained-glass artists, Wilhelmina Geddes was a member of Sarah Purser 's Studio of Ecclesiastical Art, An Túr Gloine. In addition to her glass work, Geddes illustrated books and designed book jackets, book plates, stamps and posters. Establishing an international reputation for her stained glass, she designed windows for churches in Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada. In 1929, she completed an eight-paneled window on the theme of the Children of Lir for the Ulster Museum, and in 1938 she installed the Great Rose Window in the Cathedral of Ypres in memory of Albert I, king of the Belgians. Her work is represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, which holds 30 of her designs for stained-glass windows.

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