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English Tudor Heraldic Glass in Philadelphia (USA)

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Join us for a virtual lecture on Tudor Heraldic Glass in Philadelphia

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The Heraldry Society warmly welcomes you to enrol for our first virtual lecture… “Tudor Heraldic Glass in Philadelphia” delivered by Heraldry Society Council Member and popular lecturer John Titterton.

How did the Philadelphia, in the US state of Pennsylvania, become a home for such a wide array of English heraldic glass from the Tudor era?

In the aftermath of World War I some members of the English landed classes found themselves in financial difficulties. One solution was to rationalise the number of country houses they had and sell off some of the contents including fixtures and fittings.

There was a market for such items in the USA. In the early 1920s Mrs Eleanor Widener Dixon of Philadelphia purchased over 80 heraldic stained-glass windows, most were of Tudor origin.

Mrs Dixon built a mock Tudor Manor House, Ronaele Manor, on the outskirts of Philadelphia and this glass was installed there. Family circumstances changed and these panels were later donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where they may be seen today.

This lecture explores some of these panels while discussing their heraldry, their home in Philadelphia and their origins in England.

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