Selwyn Image

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Stained glass depicting archangels in Mortehoe, designed by Image

Selwyn Image (February 17, 1849, Bodiam, Sussex – August 21, 1930, London) was an English clergyman, designer, particularly of stained glass windows, and poet.


Image was educated at Brighton College, Marlborough College and New College, Oxford.[1] While at Oxford, he fell under the influence of John Ruskin.

He was ordained deacon in 1872, and priest the next year. He was a curate at Tottenham and later at St. Anne's, Soho, but relinquished Holy Orders in 1883.[1] He founded the Century Guild of Artists in London with A. H. Mackmurdo, and also established the Guild's workshops. He was co-editor of the Guild's magazine, The Hobby Horse, from 1886 to 1892.

Between December 1887 and February 1888, Image gave a series of four lectures on Modern Art at Willis' Rooms. Oscar Wilde attended at least one of this series, and reviewed the second lecture in the Sunday Times on 25 January 1888.[2]

He became Master of the Art Workers' Guild in 1900, and was Slade Professor at Oxford University from 1910 to 1916.

He died at Holloway on 21 August 1930.

A selection of his poems, and later of his letters, edited by A. H. Mackmurdo, was published in 1932.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c Catalogue of A. H. Mackmurdo and the Century Guild Collection. William Morris Gallery Walthamstow. 1967. p. 48. 
  2. ^ Tildesley, Matthew B. (July 2010). "The Sketches of Dorian Gray : Oscar Wilde and The Century Guild Hobby Horse". The Wildean (37). 

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