Our Stained Glass Windows

North Transept Window

The St. Cecilia Window – In loving memory of Hannah Marie Hendrie 1793-1849, given by her sons, John and Charles Hendrie
I Am – In memory of Dr. Walter S. Landis 1881-1944, given by his wife, Antoinette Landis
The Home in Bethany Window – In memory of Lucy A. Marks 1824-1888, given by her family
These windows have been installed in the North Transept through the generosity of Mrs. Walter S. Landis, 1896.

These windows (rear right of the congregation) of opalescent glass, manufactured by J & R Lamb Studio (in Greenwich Village, NYC, in those days) were placed in the church in 1896, and are reported to contain the work of John Singer Sargent. (Note the flesh tones of the faces.) The central lancet contains the “Head of Christ” (shown below) copied from Heinrich Hofmann’s The Light of the World. This was placed in the chancel window of the stone church in 1896 as a memorial to the first church benefactor, William Grimes, who willed the church 32 acres in Shorelands in 1670. When the chancel was enlarged and the Sunday School addition was built in 1951-2, the chancel window had to be given up. The Grimes Memorial (Head of Christ, also called the “I Am” window) was put in a window of the Historical Room (now the Music Director’s office), 3rd floor, in the new addition. It was a happy solution when the Grimes Memorial was put back in the meetinghouse in 1961 as a part of the reconfigured north transept window.  The inscription in the ribbons under the head of Christ say “I am the good shepherd – I am the living water – I am the resurrection and the life.  I am the alpha and omega – I am the true vine.”

To the left is the current 3-paneled window. Below are the original three windows from 1930s photos and below them are the paintings that inspired them.  The J & R Lamb Studio, founded in 1857, preceded Louis Comfort Tiffany’s stained glass  studio.

1930s-South-Narthex-window-St-Cecilia-2The left lancet was copied from Raphael’s St. Cecilia, shown below.

St. Cecilia by Raphael
St. Cecilia by Raphael

Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians and Church music, is listening to a choir of angels in the company of St. Paul, St. John the Evangelist, St. Augustine and Mary Magdalene.

 

Head of Christ window in 1930s in original chancel
Head of Christ window in 1930s in original chancel
The Light of the World by Heinrich Hofmann
The Light of the World by Heinrich Hofmann
1930s-North-Narthex-window-BethanyThe right lancet is a reproduction in glass of Heinrich Hofmann’s The Home at Bethany, shown below. Heinrich Hofmann's The Home at BethanyThe Home at Bethany.