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Collection Inspection: William Bustard

The distinctive Brisbane landscape, with its rolling hills, colourful foliage and vibrant light, has long provided inspiration to artists. William Bustard, who arrived to Brisbane in 1921 and quickly grew fond of the city, reflected its beauty in his artwork and captured its light in both his painting and stained glass works.

His process for crafting stained glass windows involved creating a 1:10 scale watercolour design of the window, transferring the approved design to a cartoon stencil,  painting the image onto shapes of coloured glass and then firing the work.

We are fortunate to hold a series of William’s watercolour designs as part of the Museum of Brisbane Collection. Learn more in the video below.

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