George Frederick Bodley

G. F. Bodley from about 1902. Image from a private collection
George Frederick Bodley 1827 - 1907 The leading Gothic Revival architect of the late 19th century

Image: G. F. Bodley, circa 1902 (private collection)


For Bodley, the liturgy and life of the Church of England demanded architecture of the highest possible beauty, with all elements brought together in harmonious unity.

This online exhibition reveals his work as an architect, and as a designer of textiles, wallpaper, silver and stained glass. It pays tribute to his partner, Thomas Garner, and reveals a combined legacy that has shaped the appearance of cathedrals and churches throughout the world.


The Early Years

Stained glass window: The Baptism of Christ

His early Gothic style and work with William Morris's firm


A change of style

Design for St Michael and All Angels, Folkestone, Kent

The influence of English architecture and partnership with Garner



Design for a flagon

The creators of stained glass, textiles, wallpapers and furniture


Late Works

The Great Hall, Hewell Grange, Worcestershire

The houses and churches of Bodley and Garner

Bodley's office and influence

A group of Bodley and Garner's assistants in 14 South Square, Gray's Inn, Londo

Bodley's pupils and their influence on architecture


Based on the exhibition ‘The Holiness of Beauty: G. F. Bodley (1827 – 1907) and his circle’ from the V&A + RIBA Architecture Partnership, held 1 November 2007 – 17 February 2008 in Room 128a, V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Curators: Michael Hall, author and editor of Apollo magazine, and Fiona Orsini, of the RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections.


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