David Hockney's New Stained Glass Window Unveiled In Westminster Abbey

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 32 months ago
David Hockney's New Stained Glass Window Unveiled In Westminster Abbey

A new stained glass window glows in Westminster Abbey’s north transept. The bold, somewhat-childlike piece is The Queen's Window — and the artist behind it is one David Hockney.

The Queen's Window is inspired by Matisse. Image: Alan Williams

Commissioned to celebrate the reign of Elizabeth II, the artist — famed for paintings like A Bigger Splash, which hangs in Tate Britain — designed a country scene, set within his beloved Yorkshire. It incorporates his distinct colour palette of yellow, red, blue, pink, orange and greens.

David Hockney stands proudly in front of his design. Image: Alan Williams
Image: David Harrison

Stained glass artists and craftspeople of York-based Barley Studio created the window using traditional techniques, working with the artist to translate his vision into glass.

The window is installed. Image: Alan Williams
Image: Alan Williams

Said Westminster Abbey, "The subject reflects The Queen as a countrywoman and her widespread delight in, and yearning for, the countryside."

The historic Abbey has a history of adding stained glass windows to its repertoire. In 1947, King George VI unveiled Hugh Easton's stunning stained Battle of Britain memorial window in the Lady Chapel. The last stained glass to be installed was also in the Lady Chapel, created by Hughie O'Donoghue in 2013.

Helen Whittaker, stained glass artist, works on the window. Image: David Harrison
The Queen's Window at Barley Studio. Image: David Harrison

Last Updated 26 September 2018