Hockney’s Abbey tribute to the Queen
Painter’s stained glass window revealed
Westminster Abbey has unveiled a new stained glass window by one of Britain’s most influential artists, David Hockney, honouring the Queen.
The Queen’s Window in the north transept of the abbey was commissioned to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s reign, now the longest in British history.
Hockney, whose first work in glass this is, was asked to provide something symbolic or representational of the subject, rather than a heraldic or figurative design, and his response was to design a country scene, set within his beloved Yorkshire featuring hawthorn blossom, using his distinct colour palette of yellow, red, blue, pink, orange and greens. The subject reflects The Queen as a countrywoman and her widespread delight in the countryside.
His designs were realised by the artists and craftspeople of the York-based Barley Studio using traditional techniques.
Other artists to be commissioned to make windows by the abbey include Sir Ninian Comper, Hugh Easton and John Piper, and the last stained glass to be installed were by Hughie O’Donoghue’s two of the Lady Chapel windows in 2013.
The window is to be formally dedicated by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall on October 2.