Working drawing for a lampshade

Agnes F. Northrop American
Possibly Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company American
Possibly Tiffany Studios

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Agnes Northrop began working for Tiffany in the 1880s and soon became one of his lead designers. She primarily designed stained glass windows, favoring landscapes and gardens for her subject matter. She also created designs for other media, including silk lampshades. An inscription on this watercolor reveals that it was a "Working Drawing for Lamp Shade–Stencil on Silk" produced by Northrop. She sketched and painted lampshade panels featuring two versions of stylized pink Sweet William flowers. Only one of these designs was likely to be selected for the final product. She carefully outlined the blossoms, stems, and leaves in a stencil-like manner before adding the watercolors. The drawing is notable as both a rare signed work of Northrop’s and as an example of a Tiffany stenciled silk lampshade design.

Working drawing for a lampshade, Agnes F. Northrop (American, Flushing, New York 1857–1953 New York, New York), Watercolor on tan wove paper, American

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