Henry Payne: Choosing The Red and White Roses in the Temple Garden, 1910
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image courtesy of Birmingham Museums Trust
Henry Albert Payne (1868-1940) was an English stained glass artist, watercolourist and painter of frescoes. He was one of the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen who formed around Joseph Southall and the Birmingham School of Art in the late nineteenth century. He was involved in several of the group's collective projects, most notably the decoration of the chapel at Madresfield Court, which numbers among the seminal achievements of the Arts and Crafts movement.
In common with most of the Birmingham Group he worked across a wide variety of media, producing book illustrations for the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft and interior decoration for the Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts. Although most prolific in stained glass, Payne's most notable achievements were arguably in the field of decorative painting. Between 1902 and 1923 he worked on the wall paintings of the chapel at Madresfield Court near Malvern in Worcestershire. Painted as fresco in tempera and sitting alongside work by other figures of the Birmingham Arts and Crafts movement such as William Bidlake, Georgie Gaskin and Charles March Gere, Madresfield Court is not only Payne's most important scheme of decorative painting, but probably the most famous of all such Arts and Crafts schemes.
Choosing the Red and White Roses in the Old Temple Gardens is a fresco by Henry Payne, commissioned in 1908 to decorate the Palace of Westminster. It depicts the fictional scene by Shakespeare of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset being challenged by Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York to choose between the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. The "Temple Gardens" of the title are the gardens of the Inner Temple in London.
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