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Stories in Stained Glass: The Windows of Ely Cathedral

A 48 page, A5 sized (148 x 210 mm) softcover guidebook, printed on glossy paper with a matt-laminated card cover. As well as text it contains 42 colour photographs and two especially-created diagrams. High-quality, four-colour lithographic printing was used throughout.

Copies supplied: 1000

Besides adding beauty to the church, the original purpose of such windows in medieval times was to aid in storytelling. At Ely nearly all our medieval glass was destroyed at the Reformation, and what we have now is mainly Victorian.

Production Details

The graphics presented a particular problem for this project, as there were in fact none available to start with. All the colour photgraohs used were sourced by us, based on the customer's suggestions as to which stained-glass windows were of most interest. Capturing images of stained glass is far from straightforward, given the difficult lighting conditions and perspective effects caused by looking up from ground level. We not only acquired the images, but also processed them to correct for angle and perspective.

A complex and detailed plan of the subjects of the many windows of Ely Cathedral was produced by working from a number of different sources, and this was then confirmed and refined during an on-site visit, allowing the digram to be checked against reality. A second diagram explaining the subjects of the large East Window was also created.

The project was delivered within budget at a price that allowed the customer to charge their desired cover price while making a suitable surplus.