Lavers and Barraud Building, Covent Garden

22 Endell Street, Covent Garden


Stained glass executed for the Gothic Revival Lavers and Barraud Building in Covent Garden. Located on the corner of Endell Street and Betterton Street, the Grade II-listed mid-19th century polychrome brick building was the former location of the Lavers and Barraud stained glass studio; commissioned by the Crafts Council, the gable window Brian made fills what was the studio's viewing window.

"The window wittily plays with a stained glass convention, the medallion, which traditionally contained a figure subject and was usually surrounded by a 'canopy' or foliage patterns. In place of biblical scenes in his 'medallions' Clarke reverses the historical precedent by making the ten rectangular 'medallions' the negative passages in his design. Against a deep blue background and set off by ruby borders (a colour scheme which, in ironically quoting one of their conventions, makes humorous reference to the building's Victorian occupants), the only incidents the 'medallions' frame are the pale blue streaks inherent in the texture of their white opalescent glass. As he has often stated, colour and line can be as eloquent as the human figure." - Martin Harrison in the essay Eloquence from Intractability from the monograph Brian Clarke: Architectural Artist.