Wilhelmina Geddes

Life
1887-1955; b. Drumreilly, Co. Leitrm; ed. Methodist Coll,, Belfast, and Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin; came to attention of Rosamund Praeger and Sarah Purser through exhibitions, Exposition des Art Decoratifs (1914), and in Dublin; member of Purser’s Túr Gloine (Ecclestical Art Studio); stained glass artist; RHA exhibitions, 1913; 1914; 1916; 1930; moved to Lowndes & Drury’s Glass House in London, 1925; taught Evie Hone; window in St. Anne’s St., Dawson St. Dublin; Monea Church, Enniskillen; All Saints’ Church, Dún Loaghairel; and St John’s Church, Malone Rd. Belfast; eight panel children of Lir commissioned by Ulster Museum, 1929; Great Rose window in Cathedral of Ypres for Albert of the Belgians; also Duke of connaught’s window ded. to his Canadian Staff, Ottawa, Canada. BREF

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Criticism
Stephen Gwynn, ‘The Art of Miss w. M. Gedees’, The Studio, vol. 84 (Oct. 1922); Nicola Gordon Bowe, ‘Wilhelmina Geddes’, Stained Glass [Quarterly of Stained Glass Assoc. of America], vol. 76, No. 1 (Spring 1981); Nicola Gordon Bowe, ‘Wilhelmina Geddes, Harry Clarke and their part in the Arts and Crafts Movement of Ireland’, in The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts [DAPA], No. 8 (Miami 1988). [typescript copy supplied by author]; Gordon Bowe, The Dublin Arts and Crafts Movement 1885-1930 (Edinburgh 1985); Bowe, ‘Women and the Artst and Crafts Revival in Ireland’, c.1886-1930, in Irish Women Artists, NGI (Dublin 1987).

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Commentary
Nicola Gordon Bowe, ‘Fine Feiseanna: vernacular art and women in the national dream’, in Chris Moffat, ed., ‘Fin de Siecle: Arts and Crafts and the Celtic Perspective in Ireland: Northern perspectives’, Supplement with Fortnight, 372 (July/August 1998), pp.2-4; remarks on Geddes, et al., with engraving by Geddes of ‘The Life Room at the Belfast School of Art’, c.1910.

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