Blog post from Sunday, 2 August, 2015

On this day, 2nd August 1865, John Radecki, was born. He designed the Caxton stained glass window at the State Library of New South Wales in 1941, while working as chief designer for John Ashwin & Co.

Located at the southern end of the Mitchell Reading Room, this window honours William Caxton, who was the first English printer. The image shows Caxton presenting his translation of Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye to his patron Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy.This design of the window was based on an old copperplate engraving found in a volume of the Recuyell held in the United States.

John Radecki (1866-1955), stained glass artist and designer, joined the glassmaking firm F. Ashwin & Company in 1885. When Frederick Ashwin died, Radecki formed a partnership with his brother John Ashwin. Radecki eventually became the proprietor in 1920. Radecki’s other work includes windows for several churches, the ceiling of the Commonwealth Bank in Martin Place and the fanlights in the Queen Victoria Building.

The State Library of New South Wales holds original sketchbooks and watercolours by John Radecki and designs for stained glass windows from John Ashwin & Co.