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Presentation Window, "William Penn, Peace Movement, Pennsylvania"

Decorative Arts

In addition to Tiffany Studios and John La Farge, J. & R. Lamb Studio was a prestigious maker of stained-glass windows in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This window, a presentation piece, was probably shown to the leaders of the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, in Brooklyn Heights, for approval to proceed with the extant, large window titled William Penn, Peace Movement, Pennsylvania that the Lamb Studio executed for the church. In the nineteenth century the leader of the Plymouth Church was the ardent antislavery activist Henry Ward Beecher. William Penn, a Quaker and founding father of Pennsylvania, was an early opponent slavery as well, and therefore this subject had social meaning for the congregation.

MEDIUM Glass, lead, wood
  • Place Manufactured: New York, New York, United States
  • DATES ca. 1905
    DIMENSIONS 32 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (82.6 x 62.2 x 4.1cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Partial label affixed to upper part of wooden frame on recto ". . . & R LAMB / Ecclesiastical and Memorial Art Workers / 23-25-27-Sixth Avenue . . . New York."
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1989.180
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Adrian Lamb in memory of his father, Frederick Stymetz Lamb
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Frederick Stymetz Lamb (American, 1862-1928). Presentation Window, "William Penn, Peace Movement, Pennsylvania," ca. 1905. Glass, lead, wood, 32 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (82.6 x 62.2 x 4.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Adrian Lamb in memory of his father, Frederick Stymetz Lamb, 1989.180. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.180_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1989.180_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Window, stained glass (colored and painted leaded glass), black-painted wooden frame. Window consists of two layers of leaded glass. Central bust-length male figure with shoulder length brown hair, wide brimmed blue hat and coat in blue, pale purples and white articulated with four large buttons and darker blue neck ruff. Secondary male figure with moustache and shoulder length brown hair behind proper left shoulder of central figure. Background in blue/greens and white. Reverse: faces rendered in grisaille. Clothing in dark blue/black and brown with white neck ruff in molded glass panel. Background, upper right, squared green glass panels, large brown panel to left, framed in 2 1/2" black painted wood frame. Condition: Fair; two cracks in black pane, center-right, 8" from bottom; single crack in another black pane, center-right, 8" from bottom; crack to top of central white molded pane. Conservation report on file.
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    Frederick Stymetz Lamb (American, 1862-1928). <em>Presentation Window, "William Penn, Peace Movement, Pennsylvania,"</em> ca. 1905. Glass, lead, wood, 32 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (82.6 x 62.2 x 4.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Adrian Lamb in memory of his father, Frederick Stymetz Lamb, 1989.180. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.180_PS9.jpg)