Rushforth Collection

Scope and Content

Various volumes of Rushforth's work The stained glass of Great Malvern Priory Church, Gloucester 1916-1927, containing mounted b/w copy photographs taken by Sydney A. Pitcher with annotated pencil drawings and notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon McNeil Rushforth (1862-1938), classical scholar and antiquary, FSA, was the son of Daniel Rushforth of London, gent. He went up to Oxford as a scholar in 1881, and gained his BA degree in 1885, proceeding to MA in 1888. He was at some period the Director of the British School at Rome.

His publications include: Carlo Crivelli, 1900; Church of S. Maria Antiqua, 1902 and Latin historical inscriptions, illustrating the history of the early empire, 1893.

Sydney A. Pitcher was a photographer with an interest in church architecture, who ran a photographer's studio in Gloucester. He was involved primarily in the photography of Gloucestershire churches, but also took pictures of churches and cathedrals in neighbouring counties, and of medieval sculptures at Winchester College.


Volume one: The windows of the north clerestory of the quire, 1916 (two copies); volume two: The east window, 1917 (in two volumes); volume four: The windows of the south clerestory of the quire and the west window, 1920; volume five: The windows of the south transept, 1919; volume six: The windows of the north aisles, 1927 (two copies)

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply.


Listed by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 26 April 2004, and encoded into EAD 2 June 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Currently unlisted.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL restrictions apply.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Reserve Collection. Originally donated to the University College of the South West of England in 1939.

Related Material

See EUL MS 30A Rushforth for the professional and working papers of Rushforth, c1880-1930. EUL MS 30B was also bequeathed to the Library at the same time as MS 30A. See also EUL MS 147 Rushforth for correspondence to Rushforth. See also EUL MS 249 Pitcher for a postcard collection associated with Sydney A. Pitcher, the photographer of The stained glass of Great Malvern Priory Church. Other material relating to Pitcher is held at the English Heritage National Monuments Record.


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