Henry Gyles: Rules for Painting

Scope and Content

'Some Rules for Painting upon Messo Tinto Justly Imparted', probably written in Gyles' own hand, 12 folios: (fo. 1): 'Treatise in Autograph of Henry Gyles Glasspainter on Coloring Mezzotints & transferring them to glass' (19th century hand); (fo. 11v) red crayon drawings of human figures and a man-of-war, roughly contemporary with the text.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Gyles or Giles (1640?-1709), who resided in Micklegate, York, is credited with the revival of the art of pictorial glass painting in England. He produced works for Trinity College and St Catharine Hall in Cambridge, and Wadham College, Oxford, but is best known for his work in the chapel of University College, Oxford. He died at his house in York in October 1709.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

No record of accession.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Gyles in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. VIII (London, 1908), p. 853.

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The work is apparently unprinted: it is not mentioned in J.A. Knowles, 'Henry Gyles, Glass-Painter of York', Walpole Society, 12 (1923), pp. 47-72, or in J.T. Brighton, 'Cartoons for York Glass - Henry Gyles', Preview (City of York Art Gallery Quarterly), 21 (1968).