Sometimes large and obvious, but often almost invisibly tiny, signatures give fundamental information – the Who, When and Where – of how windows were made.
Signatures are often hard to find. Most often they are missing, but when signatures are present they provide invaluable information on who, where and when windows were made.
Signatures yield major clues of the style of the studio and artists, and the era in which windows were made. Canada, England, France, Austria? Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Rennes, London, Innsbruck?
The most common practice is to sign only one window of a group made in a certain year, usually in the lower right corner of a window near the front of the church. The year may or may not be given, and the city and country may also be absent.
Become a glass archaeologist! Look very carefully along the bottom edges and you may discover a precious unknown signature. Use your phone to take a closeup picture and also a full shot of the the window. Then send it to us. We will publish and credit your photos and you will contribute to a deeper understanding of Canada’s artistic and economic history.