Keep the Windows?

Scholarly Reasons


The UVic Legacy Art Galleries has been the stewards of these windows for nearly 50 years. They are significant “jewels” of the Arts and Crafts collection, providing a context for understanding the movement across the American continent. The windows help to contextualize the widespread influence of Wright’s architectural principles on local architects from Victoria who are also represented in the permanent collection.

 

Museum Standards of Practice


The windows were acquired through a legal purchase and there is no obligation to return the windows.

 

Practical Reasons


We can provide access to the windows for viewing and research at the University of Victoria for staff, faculty, students, and the broader community.

Examples:

There are other art galleries that have windows from the Martin House in their permanent collections such as the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France, the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland, and the National Gallery of Australia, in Canberra, Australia. The Martin House recognizes that these stewards of art glass are not likely to return them. Instead, the windows can serve as high-profile ambassadors for the Martin House for international visitors to these institutions.

 

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