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 first appears in written records in 1364-65 during the reign of Edward III, when the emphasis was on the protection of the personal economic welfare of Glaziers. However, in recent times the focus has shifted to the preservation of the heritage of stained glass and to the support of education in architectural glass art, design and conservation.

In 1932 the Company launched an annual competition for young artists, which from 1972 operated under the banner of the Stevens Competition. The competition provided an opportunity for aspiring architectural glass artists, designers, and craftsmen to compete in a format which simulated the process typically undertaken in order to obtain a commercial commission.

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


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