Christopher Whall was an important member of the Arts and Crafts Movement, who became a leading designer of stained glass. His most important work is the glass for the Lady Chapel in Gloucester Cathedral. Whall was also influential as a teacher, taking stained glass classes at the Central School of Art, and later at the Royal College of Art in London, where students were encouraged to relate design to architecture. Walter Crane, writing in his memoirs, describes a masque for which Whall wrote a Song of Triumph and designed demon costumes.
Whall's daughter, Veronica Whall (1887-1970) studied under him at the Central School of Art, and also became a worker in stained glass.