Design and fabrication attributed to the J. & R. Lamb Studios, New York.
From an unidentified church.
As the heavenly counterpart of the earthly choir, groupings of singing angels were very popular in stained glass windows in the later 19th century. That this window is round indicates that it may have originally been in a choir loft, where it may have been the centerpiece of a great rose window.
Although the style of the window has a close kinship to the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, this window is not by that master, but by another very competent studio, possibly J. & R. Lamb Studios. By their own admission, the Lamb Studio’s nimble craftsmen could adapt the Tiffany technique as their own while not slavishly following it. This window may be an example of this fine skill. The Lamb Studio was active in a wide variety of styles from 1857 until 1980.
The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows housed in an 800-ft.-long series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall at Navy Pier in Chicago. Open since February 2000, it is the first museum in the United States dedicated solely to stained glass windows. It showcases both secular and religious windows and is divided by artistic theme into four categories: Victorian, Prairie, Modern and Contemporary. All of the windows were designed by prominent local, national and European studios and most were originally installed in Chicago area residential, commercial and religious buildings.
The windows provide unique insight into Chicago's cultural, ethnic and artistic history. The time period they represent, 1870 to the present, was an era of intense urban revision that featured the development, decline and revitalization of neighborhoods, the development of commercial and cultural institutions, the evolution of artistic styles and the response of various ethnic groups to these changes. The religious windows reveal the national and ethnic styles of Chicago's European immigrants, while the residential windows display the history of architecture and decorative art styles.
Photo captured March 10, 2012.
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