Collection Highlight

Memorial to Eugene Bourdon

Robert Anning Bell was Professor of the Design Section at GSA from 1911 to 1918, and then became Visiting Director of Studies to the Design School until his death in 1933. He was a painter, modeller for coloured relief, illustrator and designer of stained glass and mosaics.

This stained glass memorial window commemorates Eugène Bourdon (1870-1916), the first Professor of Architectural Design at GSA, who was killed in action at the Somme in July 1916 whilst fighting for his native country of France. The stained glass features text from La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. The School raised funds to make this window, and Bourdon is also commemorated on the School’s Roll of Honour.

We hold several of Robert Anning Bell’s stained glass cartoons and other artworks and a large number of architectural designs by Eugène Bourdon in our collection.