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Hassam Alfred William, died in 1869 aged -27

Very little is known about Alfred Hassam, except that he was a portrait painter and stained glass designer who worked mainly in Birmingham.   Elsewhere it is recorded that he was “a skilled Arabist who travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean and North Africa.”

Mostly his active dates as an artist are given as 1866 - 1868, but elsewhere it extends to 1896, which is clearly not the case.

Heaton, Butler and Bayne,London. The firm had its beginnings in the year 1855.

Joining them were two of the most talented designers of the 19th century, Robert Turnill Bayne and Alfred Hassam. Throughout the country, churches are brilliantly lit by their windows. They set about reforming stained glass design producing a body of work that rivalled Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. yet has undeservedly been overlooked. " [William Waters with photographs by Alastair Carew-Cox : ANGELS & ICONS Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass 1850 - 1870]

The earliest commissions in the 1860's, were of a highly-coloured gothic style and were probably the work of the artist and glass painter Alfred Hassam. They are to be seen at Ulverston St Mary and Dalton-in-Furness.

St Mary's Church, Dalton-in-Furness

On the north side of the church is a window from the earlier church, dated 1862, made by Heaton, Butler and Bayne and designed by Alfred Hassam.

“The committee of the Ecclesiological Society, who adjudicated in this competition, awarded the first prize to Mr. Alfred Hassam, in the employ of Messrs. Heaton, Butler, and Bayne, of New King Street, Co vent Garden “

Many of his works can be found on the Internet.

It is uncertain whether this particular scene is set in a studio in Britain, or in Cairo, or if the smoker of the long cherry-wood pipe is a genuine Arab, or a model posed in costume for the occasion. [V & A Museum]