‘Mr Waller Napier Returns’, The Argus, 10 March 1930.
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This article from The Argus in 1930 reports on the return to Melbourne of famed Australian mosaic and stained glass artist Mervyn Napier Wallace and his wife. Napier, whose mosaics in the Melbourne Town Hall and the National Gallery were already well known, returned from visiting Europe with the most recent kind of electric furnace for firing and annealing stained glass and an intention to set up a studio in Melbourne. During his tour of Europe the works that attracted him most, the article reports, were those hailing from the medieval period when stained glass was regarded as a craft rather than an art form, namely 4th-13th century France and 12th-13th century Italy.
TROVE: National Library of Australia: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4073779
10 March 1930, p.6