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M. E. Aldrich Rope

M. E. Aldrich Rope (Margaret Edith Rope) (29 July 1891 – 9 March 1988) was an English stained-glass artist in the Arts and Crafts movement tradition active between 1910 and 1964. She was a cousin of Margaret Agnes Rope of Shrewsbury, another English stained glass artist in the same tradition active from 1910 until the Second World War. By comparison, she was the more prolific as an artist, with an approach that evolved in her later years from a recognisable Arts and Crafts school style into something simpler and more modern.

M. E. Aldrich Rope
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Born 29 July 1891
Leiston, Suffolk, England
Died 9 March 1988 (aged 96)
Bungay, Suffolk
Nationality English
Education Attended Chelsea School of Art and LCC Central School of Arts & Crafts
Known for Stained glass
Notable work Stained glass windows

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LifeEdit

Margaret Agnes Rope and Margaret Edith Rope were cousins, sharing a grandfather, George Rope of Grove Farm, Blaxhall, Suffolk (1814–1912) and grandmother, Anne (née Pope) (1821-1882). The younger Margaret was the fifth child of Arthur Mingay Rope (himself George and Anne's fifth child: 1850–1945) and Agnes Maud (née Aldrich: 1855–1943), born on 29 July 1891. She had a number of artistic relatives in Leiston and Blaxhall, Suffolk. Apart from her cousin Margaret Agnes Rope, she had an uncle, George Thomas Rope, R. A., a landscape painter and naturalist, an aunt Ellen Mary Rope, sculptor, and a sister Dorothy, another sculptor. Her nickname in the family was "Tor", for tortoise, and she used a tortoise to sign some of her windows, particularly in her later years.

She was educated at Wimbledon High School, Chelsea School of Art, and the LCC Central School of Arts and Crafts, where she specialised in stained glass under Karl Parsons and Alfred Drury. From about 1911 she worked at The Glass House (Fulham) with her cousin, Margaret Agnes Rope, for example on the set of windows for SS Peter and Paul, Newport, Shropshire.[1] To distinguish herself from her namesake cousin, she used the professional name of M. E. Aldrich Rope (incorporating her mother's maiden name) or M. E. A. Rope. One of her friends was J. Harold Gibbons (church architect) and this connection led to her first major commission for St Chad's Church, Far Headingley, Leeds, which is among her greatest works.[2][3]

For much of her active artistic life she lived in various houses in Deodar Road, Putney, which was something of an artists' colony in that period. Around 1926 she moved to No. 61, also occupied by Caroline Townshend and Joan Howson. She was a close friend of Wilhelmina Geddes. Later, in World War II, she moved to No. 81, until it was bombed. In the post-war period she was at No. 89, where she had a studio, workshop and kiln (also used by Rachel de Montmorency). She shared the house with Clare Dawson, a friend and pupil. Late in life, she became a Roman Catholic. In mid-1978, at the age of 87, she left Putney and returned to live in Suffolk on the family farm. She died on 9 March 1988, aged 96, having suffered a protracted period of Alzheimer's Disease.

WorksEdit

Spanning a period of over 50 years, her artistic production was largely destined for Anglican churches (especially Anglo-Catholic), with a few Roman Catholic ones as well. Listed first are windows in the United Kingdom, followed by those in other countries, in alphabetical order of county or country. Inaccessible windows have been omitted. Asterisks indicate windows of particular importance.[4]

Location Details Notes
Buckinghamshire: Edlesborough St Mary Nativity 2 lights 1933
Buckinghamshire: Lane End, Holy Trinity Annunciation and Nativity 1 light
Cambridgeshire: Ely, CathedralStained Glass Museum Visitation, Franciscan Boy and A Vision of Heaven (2 panels)
Cambridgeshire: Ickleton, St Mary Magdalene Crucifixion with SS.Mary Magdalene and Etheldreda (3 lights, e; 1929) **
Cambridgeshire: Molesworth,S.Peter Christ in Majesty with Nativity, Crucifixion &c (3 lights, e; 1929) **
Clwyd: Wrexham, Holy Trinity 2-light window 1950
Cornwell:Polperro, St John the Baptist "No man cometh ..." (1956)
Cornwell: Polperro, St John the Baptist Jesus and disciples (1959–60) **
Derbyshire: Chesterfield, St Mary and All Saints Good Samaritan with Virgin and Child 1953 (3 lights)
Dorset:Bournemouth, Moordown, St John the Baptist 2 lancets: Florence Nightingale, Edward Jenner
Dorset: Hinton Martel, St John Eight panel painted screen
Durham: Roker, St Andrew Mural, walls and ceiling with Macdonald Gill)
Hampshire: Hartley Wintney, St John the Evangelist Carol themes(4 lights,1939)
Herefordshire: Hereford, All Saints Expulsion from Eden, Annunciation, Nativity, Crucifixion (4 lights 1933) **
Herefordshire: Hereford, All Saints Virgin and child with St Martin of Tours, St George (5 lights 1933) **
Herefordshire: Hereford, All Saints St Anthony the Hermit (3 lights 1947) **
Herefordshire: Hereford, All Saints Nativity with children (3 lights 1944) **
Herefordshire:Hereford, All Saints 2 lancets: SS Joseph and David **
Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford, St Michael 2 lancets in porch: SS Botolph and John of Beverley (1950)
Kent: Whitstable, All Saints SS Christopher & Anne (1927) *
Lancashire: Royton, St Paul Annunciation with Joseph and John the Baptist (3 lights 1929) *
London: Bromley, SS Peter & Paul 4 lancets: the archangels *
London: Bromley,SS Peter & Paul East window (3 lights 1953) *
London: Bromley, SS Peter & Paul Te Deum (2 lights and rose 1959) *
London: Chelsea, Bourne St, St Mary Eight titles of Mary (rose window) *
London: Chiswick, SS Peter & Paul SS Peter & Paul, Life of St Peter, Life of St Paul(1955) *
London: Dollis Hill, St Francis of Assissi, Gladstone Park Ecce Agnus Dei *
London: Dollis Hill, St Francis of Assissi, Gladstone Park SS Dominic and Francis *
London: Dollis Hill, St Francis of Assissi, Gladstone Park St Clare *
London: Fulham, All Saints Putney Bridge Road Virgin and child, scenes from Jesus's early life (1938) *
London: Grange, St Peter 8 clerestory windows (1957–60) *
London: Grange, St Peter 4 chancel windows:life of Christ (1960–63) **
London: Grange, St Peter Lady chapel "Mary hath chosen that good part" (1957–60)
London: Grange, St Peter 10 small Saints windows (1966–73) *
London: Haggerston, St Saviour's Priory, entrance SS Paul and Margaret originally in St Augustine, Haggerston ***
London: Haggerston, St Saviour's Priory, chapel 3 windows: early life of Christ *
London: Highgate, S.Augustine, Nativity **
London: Highgate, S.Augustine, Christchild with birds *
London:Highgate,S.Augustine, Christ the King
London: Munster Square, St Mary Magdalene crypt 6 Saints windows from St Augustine, Haggerston ***
London: Munster Square, St Mary Magdalene crypt Coronation of BVM, Mary and child *
London: Northolt Park, St Barnabas East window (1954) *
London: Northolt Park, St Barnabas West window (1957) *
London: Victoria and Albert Museum Small panels: Nativity *
London: Victoria and Albert Museum Roundel: St Anthony preaching to fishes *
London: Putney, Christ the King Polish church Nativity: 3 lights (1951) *
London: Wapping Lane, St Peter, London Docks Rose window with bells of London **
London: Wapping Lane, St Peter London Docks 2 lancewts: SS.Peter & Paul (1949)
London:Wapping Lane, St Peter London Docks Good Shepherd, 3 lights (1954) **
London: Wapping Lane, St Peter London Docks 4 circular lights: 1st 4 vicars *
London: Wapping Lane, St Peter London Docks 7 Sacrament windows ex Haggerston ***
Manchester: Ardwick, St Benedict (now deconsecrated) Window in Lady Chapel, 3 lights
Manchester: Ardwick, St Benedict (now deconsecrated) Lancet:St Francis (1935) *
Norfolk: Clippesby, St Peter Suffer little children (1919) See Gallery
Norfolk: Quidenham, Carmelite Monastery 16 clerestory windows designed by cousin *
Norfolk: Quidenham, Carmelite Monastery 7 roundels designed by cousin *
Oxfordshire: Oxford, SS Mary and John, Cowley Road 3 lights "Bread from heaven" *
Oxfordshire: Oxford, SS Mary and John, Cowley Road Lancet: Virgin and child *
Shropshire: Wistanstow, Holy Trinity 2 lancets: SS Wistan and Anne *
Somerset:Bicknoller, St George Life of St Paul(1952) *
Stirlingshire: Falkirk 3 lights, Virgin and child (1929)
Stirlingshire: Falkirk 4 minor windows largely decorative (c. 1935)
Suffolk: Barnby, St John the Baptist East window (1963) ***
Suffolk: Barnby, St John the Baptist 4 painted roundels *
Suffolk: Blaxhall, St Peter Porch window (with cousin) ** See Gallery
Suffolk: Chediston, St Mary SS George and Felix (1947)
Suffolk: Earl Soham, St Mary 2 lights, SS Edmund and Felix *
Suffolk: Kesgrave, Holy Family and St Michael 3 English Catholic martyrs * See Gallery
Suffolk: Kesgrave, Holy Family and St Michael Virgin & child, Walsingham (with Clare Dawson) *
Suffolk: Leiston, St Margaret 3 lights, St Luke **
Suffolk: Leiston, St Margaret 3 lights, St Matthew ** See Gallery
Suffolk: Little Glamham, St Andrew Nativity with Gospel episodes) **
Sussex: Bolney, St Mary Magdalene Holy Sacraments, 1 light (1947)
Sussex: Chichester, former Bishop Otter College 2 lancets, St Francis *
Warwickshire: Coventry, St John Expulsion from Eden, Annunciation *** See Gallery
Warwickshire: Leamington Spa, St Mary S.Mary and the risen Christ **
Wiltshire: Lydiard Millicent, All Saints "All ye works of the Lord" (1963) **
Yorkshire: Leeds, St Chad, Far Headingly Creation (1922) *** See Gallery
Australia: Geraldton, WA, St Francis Xavier Cathedral two windows
Australia: Mullewa, WA, Our Lady of Carmel and SS Peter and Paul Gloria in excelsis
Australia: Mullewa, WA, Our Lady of Carmel and SS Peter & Paul Pater Mi, Pater Mi (1923)
Malta: Sliema, Holy Trinity St George (1947)
S.Africa, Ofcolaco 2 lights (1951)
Sri Lanka: Passara, St Barnabas 2 lights (1953)
Trinidad: Port of Spain, St James the Just, Sangre Grande originally 5 windows, some now lost

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cormack, Peter (2015). Arts and Crafts Stained Glass. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. p. 250. ISBN 978-0-300-20970-9. 
  2. ^ Cormack, Peter. "Margaret Edith Aldrich Rope,F.M.G.P. 1891-1988". Journal of Stained Glass. XVIII (3): 319–20. 
  3. ^ "Life of M.E.Aldrich Rope (Tor)". Two Margaret Ropes - Stained Glass Artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "List of works of M.E.Aldrich Rope (Tor)". Two Margaret Ropes - Stained Glass Artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 

Further readingEdit

Peter Cormack: Women Stained Glass Artists of the Arts and Crafts Movement: catalogue of an exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, published by London Borough of Waltham Forest Libraries and Arts Department, 1985.ISBN 0901974226

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