Peony Windows and Patent Wars: Thoughts on an Artist Who Revolutionized Stained Glass

March 31 is the birthday of an American pioneer, long overshadowed by a more entrepreneurial rival

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Works found in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Nelson-Atkins and Smithsonian American Art Museum. Photos by author.
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Joaquín Sorolla’s portrait of Tiffany, 1911. Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York
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Self-portrait of La Farge, 1859, Metropolitan Museum, image in public domain.
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Peonies Blown in the Wind, 1880. Metropolitan Museum of Art, image in public domain.
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Photo by author.
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Photo of Smithsonian’s Peacock and Peonies by author. Met’s work by Tani Bunchō, image is in public domain.
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Peonies Blowing in the Wind, 1889. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Photo by author.
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La Farge’s patent for “Colored-Glass Window”
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Joaquín Sorolla’s portrait of Tiffany, 1911. Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York
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Helping Angel Window Panel, 1890, Detroit Institute of Arts. Fish, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Photo credit: author.
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The Adams Memorial by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Image from Wikipedia
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La Farge’s Avenue to the Temple of Iyeyasa, Nikko. Walters Museum, Baltimore. Image is in public domain.
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La Farge’s Siva Dance: Triptych of Seated Single Figures, 1890–1891, Art Institute of Chicago. Image is in public domain.

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