The Glass Circle - a society for the information, appreciation and understanding of ancient, antique, modern and contemporary glass.  

Glass Circle Diary Dates - Meetings



Glass Circle lecture season 2017

7.15pm Thursday 12th October 2017 (refreshments from 6.30pm)

John P. Smith: Glass Lighting for English Country Houses in the 19th century

  Lighting in the 18th century was all about candle light. The nineteenth century introduced first oil, then gas, then electricity. This changed the design of chandeliers and other lighting to accommodate oil reservoirs or gas pipes. The amount of light generated was greatly increased, so much so, that by the end of the 19th century ladies of a certain age were complaining that such lighting was unflattering and requested a return to candle light.

Osler chandelier (or 'electrolier') circa 1890. Note, for the first time the lighting is pointing down.

 John P Smith first joined The Glass Circle 50 years ago. He has lectured internationally on lighting, he is chairman of The Glass Circle and a Fellow at The Corning Museum of Glass. He is the author of three publications concerning lighting: Osler, for Royalty and Rajah; The Art of Enlightment; Mallett Glass, as well as numerous articles.



Thursday 9th November:

Annual General Meeting and members' presentations of pieces from their collections


Thursday 7th December:

Andy McConnell: The Scent Bottle - the Jewel of the Glass Crown


Next meetings in 2017: 12th October, 9th November, 7th December


Lecture Meeting Place: The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT


Members are reminded to advise our meetings organiser Anne Lutyens-Stobbs, in advance, of their intention to attend. Please e-mail or call

07931 516283 or 01245 604518


Lecture Meetings - members of Glass Circle and Glass Association £10 per meeting attended and £15.00 for each guest. (The annual general meeting in the autumn is not subject to an entry charge)

If you are not a member and would like to attend a meeting please e-mail for further information.

(Please give the meeting date, your name, email address and phone number.)

Please note other Glass Circle Diary Dates:

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