Buss, A. E.

A. E. Buss and Goddard & Gibbs, north aisle (1970), Church of St Mary, Selling, Kent.
Photo: Peter Hildebrand

Arthur Edward Buss (1905-99) studied at Camberwell School of Art before his apprenticeship to William Aikman, a freelance painter who also worked for James Powell and Sons/Whitefriars. Buss became a freelance designer himself, before being invited to join a new stained glass studio – Goddard and Gibbs – in 1946.

Buss’s style is traditional and robust, which suited post-war taste, and between 1949 and 1961 he designed over 150 windows for churches in England and across the British Empire.

Buss’s work was valued so highly by Goddard and Gibbs’ clients that he was invited back after his retirement to continue to design for schemes he had started in previous years.

Stained Glass Marks and Monograms by Joyce Little (London: National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies, 2002)
Phillida Shaw


A. E. Buss and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers was founded in 1328 and remains dedicated to the art and craft of stained glass. In recent times the emphasis has moved from the protection of the personal economic welfare of Glaziers to the preservation of the heritage of stained glass and the support of continuing high standards.

A key part of this work has been the annual competition for young artists, which began in 1932 and which, since 1982, has operated under the banner of the Stevens Competition, the premier competition for stained glass artists in the UK.

A. E. Buss was a prize winner in 1937-38.


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