Faith and Hope

Henry E. Sharp American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706

The mid-1850s saw the growth of a stained-glass industry on and around Broadway, the primary commercial district of Manhattan, partly because numerous churches were being built in New York during the period, requiring the industry’s services. Sharp joined this movement in the early 1850s, when he established himself as a glass stainer, in partnership with William Steele, at 216 Sixth Avenue. Sharp provided this window and several others for Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, a grand Gothic Revival structure built by the firm Renwick and Sands. (James Renwick Jr. designed Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan shortly before Saint Ann’s was completed.) The richly colored windows, typical of the period, feature full-size figures within an elaborate Gothic canopy.

#4533. Faith and Hope

Faith and Hope, Henry E. Sharp (active ca. 1850–ca. 1897), Stained glass, American

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