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Design for medallion window for the American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
1923–26
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouachem pen and black and brown India inks, and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
24 1/8 x 12 3/16 in. (61.3 x 31 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
53.679.1816
Not on view
This proposal for a medallion window for the John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago recalls similar compositions of interlocking circles in thirteenth-century Gothic windows. In the drawing's interpretation, the pictorial scenes that would have filled each of the medallions in an ecclesiastical setting are restricted to the central reserve, with the other medallions providing a show-case for Tiffany's jewel-like ornamental glass. Regrettably, Tiffany's design was not accepted, and the commission went to Willet Studio of Philadelphia, which adopted a more traditional Renaissance style.
Inscription: [recto, inscription on central medallion]: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS / FOUNDED IN 1913 / OMNIBVS PER ARTEM / FIDEMQVE / PRODESSE
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