Photo Record

Object Name Transparency, Slide
Catalog Number 2012.025.056
Description This slide is labeled "Stained glass window, First Presbyterian Church Chattanooga, Tenn." This description is handwritten in black ink on top of the printed date, March 1968. On the other side of the slide there is another description also written in black ink but in different handwriting. " E.H. Blashfield- Designer, Grace E. Bonds of N.Y. -(assc. of La Farge) executed gland and leadlines 1912-16". The photographer is unknown.
There is a black and white image of this stained glass pane which seems to depict two angels, in the records of the Library of Congress from 1933. According to the record this window is located at the South East side of First Presbyterian Church Chattanooga. A record from the Smithsonian Institute shows a black and white image titled "The Resurrection" it is also from First Presbyterian Church. The Smithsonian record lists Edwin Howland Blashfield (1848 -1936) as the artist and lists Edith Grace Barnes as the fabricator. It is likely that the two people mentioned above designed and fabricated all of the stained glass that was incorporated in the First Presbyterian Chattanooga around the time it was built in 1910.
Edwin Howland Blashfield was an American Artist who was born in New York in 1848. He studied under Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat in Paris France starting in 1867. He became a member of The New York academy Design by 1888. He was a genre painter for several years then turned to decorative painting and murals later in life. He is considered the leading muralist of the 19th century and is famous for numerous mosaics and murals associated with the American Renaissance. He and his wife were authors of a book called "Italian Cities" in 1900 and translated Vasari's "Lives of the Painters "(4 volumes., 1897),
Grace Edith Barnes who is listed as fabricator of the stained glass at First Presbyterian Chattanooga was most known as being the secretary of John LaFarge, another famous American Artist. LaFarge was born in 1835 and passed away in 1910 around the time the stained glass pieces were designed. LaFarge was a painter, muralist, stained glass window maker and writer so it is likely that Barnes learned her skills from and was perhaps an apprentice of LaFarge.
Date 1968
Print size 2.00" x 2.00"
Accession number 2012.025