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George Campfield

Jerome painted by George Campbell
St Jerome, one of the four doctors of the church featured on the pulpit, painted by George Campfield

George Campfield

To date I have not been able to put together a satisfactory short biography of George Campfield, indeed I do not know his birth and death dates. The following is based on an extract from The William Morris biograpgy by Fiona McCarthy:

In March 1861 Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. (later referred to as `the Firm') took premises above a jeweller's workshop at 8 Red Lion Square. The first floor was used as an office and showroom, the third floor as workshops, and the basement to house a small kiln where stained glass was made and tiles fired. Rossetti referred to the new premises as the `Topsaic Laboratory'.

George Campfield, who Morris had met at the Working Men's College in Great Ormond Street, was employed as the Firm's foreman. Campfield had worked as, a glass painter with the reputable stained-glass manufacturer, Heaton, Butler & Bayne. As foreman of the glass-painters he became one of the pillars of the business.

He had enrolled in the evening classes at the Working Men's College in Great Ormond Street, where Morris first encountered him. Campfield was still employed by the Firm, as foreman of the glass-painters, at Merton Abbey at the time of Morris's death.

Morris was dependent on Campfield's professional skill and knowledge in establishing the Firm's early reputation in stained glass. Campfield had the added virtue of resilience. At Red Lion Square he had been the victim of a towering burst of temper, the result of some confusion about the size of a stained-glass window. Morris flung at him the copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle Swinburne had once given him. Campfield dodged behind the door. The book dislodged a panel. Faulkner was coming up the stairs and said 'What's this?' In his usual manner, Morris, shamed after the paroxysm, returned to normal rapidly.

Later McCarthy states: In the early days visitors to the showrooms in Red Lion Square were enthusiastic. ... George Campfield's dinner hour was frequently used up in explaining to prospective customers the intricacies of the firm's stained glass.

Adoration and angels pained by George Campfield The East Wall Central Panel

The east wall central decoration was painted by George Campfield to designs by William Morris and Burne-Jones.