Willement, Thomas

Thomas Willement, detail of east window (1843), Church of St Mary, Chilton Foliate, Wiltshire.
Photo: Peter Hildebrand

Thomas Willement (1786-1871) was a writer on heraldry as well as a leading stained glass artist. He built on his father’s success and connection to become successively heraldic artist to George IV and ‘artist in stained glass to Queen Victoria’. In the process he became a key figure in the move away from the enamel painted glass of the eighteenth century, to the revival of traditional medieval techniques of leaded glass.

Stained Glass and the Victorian Gothic Revival by Jim Cheshire (Manchester University Press, 2004)
‘Willement, Thomas (1786–1871)’, by S.A. Shepherd , Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004.