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Design for beatitude window in presentation portfolio for Arlington Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts

Frederick Wilson, 1858–1932 1858-1932
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
ca. 1905
Made in New York, United States
Watercolor, gouache, brown ink, and graphite on artists board with mat, set in presentation portfolio of wood pulp paper.
Overall (closed): 10 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. (26.7 x 14 cm) Overall (open): 13 5/8 x 17 1/2 in. (34.6 x 44.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
Not on view
This highly finished presentation drawing is for one of six figural windows depicting the beatitudes in the balcony of the Arlington Street Church in Boston. Wilson originally created ten window designs representing the blessings by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1–12), six of which were executed in glass. It is likely that this drawing was formally presented to the Arlington Street Church—it is mounted in a green cloth-covered portfolio with the Tiffany Studios’s monogram on the cover. Several years earlier, Wilson designed a different beatitude window for Calvary Church in Summit, New Jersey. A critic from the New York Times praised Wilson’s success in translating “purely abstract definitions of principles…into the language of the illustrator.”
Inscription: [interior, left page, at center, in ink]: · BLESSED ARE YE WHEN MEN SHALL ·/ · REVILE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU, ·/ ·AND SHALL SAY ALL MANNER OF EVIL ·/ · AGAINST YOU FALSELY, FOR MY SAKE ·/ · MATT · V · 11·;
[interior, left page, at bottom left, in ink]: · TIFFANY STUDIOS ·;
[interior, left page, bottom right, in ink]: · 347 MADISON AVE ·;
[interior, left page, at bottom center, in ink]: · NEW · YORK · CITY·;
[interior, right page, at bottom, in ink]: · SCALE 1 INCH = 1 FOOT· · COPYRIGHT · 1905 · BY · FREDERICK · WILSON/ · ARLINGTON ST · CHURCH ·/ NORTH SIDE;
[interior, right page, on banderole, in watercolor]: WHEN MEN SHALL REVI/ AND PERSECUTE YOU;
[portfolio, back cover, lower right, stamped]: 1728
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