The Past on Glass and the Art of Today

We’ve been talking to artist Ksenija Vucinic about the legacy of the Past on Glass Project.

Ksenija Vucinic is very much a twenty-first century woman – both a highly regarded Structural Engineer and a talented artist. She’s been a long time follower of the project which has been so successful in preserving the images created by David Knights-Whittome more than a hundred years ago and in bringing them to the gaze of the public.

Talking about our albums on flickr she says, ‘I think that this is great resource for artists. If you are interested in portrait painting, here you have thousands of sitters to look at and you can observe all the different features that make up a human face – and they don’t get tired and start twitching either!

Often the clothing they are wearing is fascinating too. That’s great for artists to practise painting the way material folds and drapes. Historians might want to study the costumes and uniforms and this collection is also brilliant for people working in the theatre or TV and film.’

One image that Ksenija found particularly striking was that of Miss Stubbs who also featured in our recent “Women in the Frame” exhibition at the Honeywood Museum in Carshalton. She says, ‘I thought she looked like a strong and determined woman and I was delighted to hear that indeed she was.’


Digitised 1915 Glass Plate Image


Ksenija’s 2015 painting in acrylic

Miss Stubbs (1892-1978), Nun/Missionary                                                          36080

Phyllis Evelyn Stubbs was born in East Molesey, Surrey on 5th June 1892 to barrister Charles Stubbs and his wife Frances Sarah Stubbs (née Saunder). She was baptised at East Molesey on 9th July 1892. In 1901 she was living at home in Church Street, Epsom and by 1911 she was an art student living with her father in Ashtead. This photograph was taken on 11th December 1915 not long after the start of World War One. During the war she served as a VAD from 12 July 1917 until 19 March 1919 and was a nurse in Salonika (Thessaloniki) in northern Greece. There was a large Allied expeditionary force based there with several military hospitals.
Subsequently she became a missionary nun with the order of The Community of the Sacred Passion and worked with lepers in Zanzibar, East Africa and later at the Convent of St Giles, East Hanningfield, Essex where there was a leper colony and hospital. She died in that area in 1978.

You can see one of Ksenija’s more recent paintings in Gallery 1 at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition which runs until 13th August 2019.



Miss Stubbs on flickr (downloadable images available, some rights reserved):

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019:

Alexa Chung video Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2019:

Honeywood Museum:

Sources: National Archives, FreeBMD, Google, Ancestry: Passenger Records; Parish Records, Stubbs Family History on,


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