Window Fragment Maker, possibly by: J. & R. Lamb Studios (American, 1857–1970)

ca. 1900

American Decorative Arts

Not on view

This fragment from an ecclesiastical window depicts the upper portion of a standing figure with its arm raised. As the figure has been removed from its original setting, it is difficult to identify it or what narrative it helped convey. It is, however, a sound example of late nineteenth-century stained-glass technique. The green and gray garments are made of opalescent glass, a type of glass introduced in America in the 1870s that had a milky, iridescent quality. Stained-glass artists began incorporating textured glass into their windows for added decorative effect. Thick glass with a swirling, folded texture was called drapery glass and was used frequently in the depiction of clothing. In addition to these two innovations, this fragment shows how glassmakers painted hands and faces using pigments that were fused to the glass surface.


Stained glass and lead


43 3/4 × 21 1/2 in. (111.13 × 54.61 cm)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Accession Number



19th century


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