The Cartoon reflects the flourishing of the company under the founder’s grandson, Harry Powell, whose innovations in the medium resulted in widely attended exhibitions and lectures on an international scale. The technical mastery and Pre-Raphaelite School style of the window reflects the working relationships established under Harry Powell, with leading architects and designers, from T G Jackson to William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.
After many decades in the spotlight, it was only in the 1970s that the business became unproductive. With high labour costs of handmade glass combined with economic problems in the UK, the company was finally liquidated, with archives for the drawings falling into private hands. Lying neglected for decades, this drawing is an excellent example of the work of the company at its peak.