Washington National Cathedral Stained Glass Formulae Collection, 1926-1936
Saint, Lawrence B. 1885-1961
Ceramics and Glass, Division of (NMAH, SI)
9.3 cu. ft
Saint was a designer and maker of stained glass, known for his work at Washington Cathedral in the first half of the 20th century. The cathedral, built in 14th century Gothic style, has windows patterned after medieval French masterpieces such as those of Chartres, Le Mans, Bourges, and Saint-Chappelle, and of Leon in northern Spain. The Washington Cathedral operated its own stained glass studio under the Pennsylvania artist Lawrence Saint. He designed and executed the north rose window, the nine choir aisle windows, and four others in the north transept aisles and made stained glass for his own work. He experimented with recapturing ruby reds, celestial blues and other vibrant colors achieved by medieval glass makers. His formulas (based on spectroscopic analyses of 13th-century glass) are preserved in this collection.
This collection consists of chemical formulae developed by Lawrence Saint for use in his stained glass work at the Washington National Cathedral. There are supporting samples, records and notes.
Washington National Cathedral Stained Glass Formulae Collection, 1926-1936, Archives Center, National Museum of American History