'The Travers window must be one of the largest he designed. It is in his characteristic style of the 1930s, which blends elements derived from late 15th century English/French stained glass with an attractively contemporary style of drawing. As always in Travers' work, the lettering is beautifully designed and plays an important part in the overall design.' - Peter Cormack
Howard Martin Otho Travers (1886-1948) was educated at Tonbridge School, entered the Royal College of Art at South Kensington in 1904, and took his diploma in architecture in 1908. He was awarded the Grand Prix for stained glass at the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris. From 1925 until the time of his death he was head of stained glass at the Royal College of Art, with the honorary title of 'Professor'.
On 16 May 1935 St George's Parochial Church Council learnt that an anonymous donor wished to provide a new window for the church and on 10 July it was reported that Mr Travers, who had been recommended by the London Diocesan Advisory Board, had visited the building. He was of the opinion that a window could be placed over the high altar for £600 and he would prepare a design. The PCC tendered their best thanks to Mr Travers on 15 October, accepting the design but requesting that the figure of 'King Charles' be deleted and substituted by that of another martyr; the minutes for this meeting were signed on 30 January 1936, the anniversary of Charles' executuion. Travers' own partial account of the scheme appeared in the Parish Magazine of April 1937. The window was dedicated on 7 March 1937 and the design was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1938. The following notes are largely based on Travers' own explanation and the work of NADFAS.
The theme of the window is the 'Te Deum' as found in Morning Prayer in the 'Book of Common Prayer'. Travers comments that the verses incorporated in the design serve a decorative and explanatory purpose but that the lettering is 'not intended to be so obvious that "who runs may read" '. The quotation is from the poem for Septuagesima in John Keble's 'The Christian Year' ('There is a book, who runs may read ...') which, like the 'Te Deum', tells of the worship of God both in heaven and on earth.