Michael King

The death on April 30 has been announced of Michael King, glass-painter and conservator for the Norwich firm of G. King & Son. Michael was 87 and the elder son of Dennis King, who, with his father George King, founded the workshop in 1927. Michael studied at the Hornsey College of Art, followed by an apprenticeship with Alfred Wilkinson, glass-painter, in London. He then joined the family workshop, bringing the skill of glass-painting to it for the first time. Michael worked closely with Paul Jeffries, another young glass-painter, both producing new windows, but mainly concentrating on the conservation of medieval stained glass, for which the workshop was already well-known. Together with Dennis, they developed and put into practice new methods of conservation. When his father retired, Michael took over as managing director until the firm was closed at his own retirement in 2003.