In 1911, aged 16, Paine enrolled at the Salford School of Art under Messrs. P.J.J. Brooks and B.D. Taylor, where he was apprenticed to the art of making stained glass.   The clarity of design and meticulous craftsmanship he learned there is reflected in all his subsequent work in a variety of genres.

His first exhibit at the Royal Academy was a design (1702) for a stained glass window in 1916.   Nothing further is known about it.

From 1921 to 1923 Paine worked for Guthrie & Wells in Glasgow, decorators, furniture dealers and makers of stained glass.   During that time Paine’s creative work was mostly in stained glass.

Paine described the technique in an article, ‘The Craft of Stained Glass’.   I know neither the date nor the name of the publication in which the article appeared.

Copy of img054Craft of Stained Glass 2

Designs above:  ‘The Green Lizard’;  ‘The Golden Cock’ – ‘Le Coq D’or’, a bedroom panel.   Location and date unknown.

Following his return to England in 1931 Paine collaborated with Anna (‘Daisy’) Luther (1896-1960) on stained glass commissions.   Design and painting by Paine, glass cutting and leading by ‘Daisy’.  They called themselves ‘The Firm’.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

Four panels (below) from a series of eight illustrating the nursery rhyme.   The whereabouts of the remaining four is unknown as is the date though they were probably produced in the nineteen thirties.    Each panel is signed CPDL – Charles Paine ‘Daisy’ Luther.

Tinker           Tailor

Soldier            Sailor

Studies for stained glass

Window Design Shepherds

        The Shepherds

‘Fear not: for I bring you good tidings’

‘The Shepherds’ was exhibited at the Royal Academy (1132) in 1944.   The lamb strongly resembles the ‘wicked’ lamb on the Spring poster in the well-known Welwyn series.

In 1943 Paine exhibited a design for stained glass (934) at the RA – ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’ (The Song of Simeon)Window Design Annunciation

The Annunciation

Nothing further is known about this study.

Ecclesiastic Glass - Bless the bed that I lie on - Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John                                                                                                   Bless the bed that I lie on                                                                                                       (Location and date unknown)

Ephphatha CP


                                                       (Be opened)                                                    

This is very probably the window that Paine designed for The Deaf, Blind and Dumb Institute in Glasgow.   The building was subsequently demolished but the window may have survived.   Its present whereabouts is unknown.

A study in white

Window design Study in White black-headed gull               Study in White - Black-headed gull (Trubshaw) window panel

Black-headed gull window panel, probably for a bathroom.   Private commission.   Probably 1930s.   Location unknown.Bathroom Panel - morning room window panels

Location and date unknown.

Eider Duck window design 1935

Gun Room Eider Duck 2         Gun Room eider duck final

Window panel for Gun Room.   Private commission.   Both panels signed CPDL.                    Rough (left) inscribed, ‘Eiderduck 35’.   Final design (right) inscribed lower right, ‘Panel for gun room Dr. Tudge Chipstead Surrey. July 1935’

Drake’s Drum

Drake's Drum window design       Drake's Drum window design 2

Drake's Drum window design 3       Drake's Drum window design 4

Presumably these four stained glass window designs were a private commission, probably in the 1930s.   I have no further information.

‘Drake’s Drum is a snare drum that Sir Francis Drake took with him when he circumnavigated the world.   Shortly before he died he ordered the drum to be taken to Buckland Abbey and vowed that if England were ever in danger and someone was to beat the drum he would return to defend the country.  According to legend it can be heard to beat at times when England is at war or significant national events take place.’   (Wikipedia)

CP and DL Window - He is risen

Stained glass window design by Charles Paine and Anna Luther.                                              (Location and date unknown)

St. Christopher memorial window

Window St. Christopher Girvan UF Church

William McCreath (1839-1922), Provost of Girvan, memorial window Girvan U.F. Church.

‘To the Glory of God and in loving memory of William McCreath, Provost of Girvan, and for fifty years an office Bearer in this church.   Erected by his Widow and family.’

The United Free Church at Girvan was subsequently converted into flats and the present whereabouts of the window is unknown.   Very probably made while Paine was at Guthrie and Wells 1921-3.   The window was widely admired.   Also admired was his window at Bathgate, West Lothian, but I have no information beyond the fact that it existed.

Sir Peter Mackie memorial window.   St. Ninian’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Troon.

Troon St. Ninians Mackie windowTo the glory of God and in memory of Logan Mackie Captain Ayrshire Yeomanry           killed in Palestine 27th December 1917 only son of Sir Peter and Lady Mackie   

The memorial is the East window of the church and was given by Sir Peter and Lady Mackie in memory of their son, James Logan Mackie.  The window was designed by Charles Paine and Daisy Luther and made by Guthrie and Wells in 1957.

Sir John Bailey window roughsSir John Bailey Annunciation

The Annunciation

Sir John Bailey Shepherds    Sir John Bailey roughs Three Kings    Sir John Bailey Flight into Egypt

            The Shepherds                       The Three Kings               The Flight into Egypt        

Sir John Bailey Madonna and Child

Madonna and child

Nothing further is known about this commission.




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2 Responses to STAINED GLASS

  1. Rona Moody says:

    Bathgate c1922 E.U. Congregational Ch., Marjoribanks Street. George Wolfe memorial windows. He proposed giving 10 windows and an organ in 1920. Have details of subjects etc if you would like


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