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Design for a window

Artist:
Louis Comfort Tiffany (American, New York 1848–1933 New York)
Maker:
Tiffany Studios (1902–32)
Date:
1902–3
Geography:
Made in New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Watercolor, gouache, pen and metallic ink, and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
Overall: 15 3/16 x 13 11/16 in. (38.5 x 34.8 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Walter Hoving and Julia T. Weld Gifts and Dodge Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.654.98
Not on view
In 1900, President William McKinley appointed the Pennsylvania lawyer James Montgomery Beck to the position of assistant attorney general. This heraldic window was probably intended for his new house at 1522 K Street, but in 1903, Beck suddenly left public office to join the New York law firm of Shearman and Sterling, leaving the Washington commission unrealized. In this design, Tiffany interprets the British heraldic tradition in delicately colored glass; the central coat of arms does not relate directly to the Beck family and is probably fictitious.
Signature: [recto, on matt, in graphite]: APPROVED BY Louis C. Tiffany

Inscription: [recto, in graphite]: 1" SCALE; [recto, in graphite]: SKETCH NO. 2094 SCALE 1"-1'0" Scheme A Suggestion for window in foyer entrance hall residence Mr. James M. Beck Washington, D.C. ECCLESIASTICAL DEPT TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK CITY N.Y.; [verso]: B-3
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