“To Gratify the Eye with Color:” Newport Glass


Biggs Museum of American Art Sat, Feb 18, 2023 11:30 AM


"To Gratify the Eye with Color" : Newport Leaded Glass Windows with Lea Stephenson 
Saturday| February 18 | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM



$15 - Non Members

$12 - Members


Guest speaker, Lea Stephenson, explores late nineteenth-century leaded glass in Newport, Rhode Island and the Aesthetic Movement. The early 1880s became a distinct era for American architects during which they emphasized the brilliant effects of contemporary glass, ranging from jewel-like materials to surfaces covered in floral motifs and patterns. She focuses on the surviving windows in Newport by two relatively unknown glass firms: D. Turno and S. Slack & Co. These companies worked closely with the architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, and served as close collaborators to provide light, color, and decorative patterns. 

Lea C. Stephenson is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Delaware, and focuses on late nineteenth-century American and British art. She is currently completing her dissertation “‘Wonderful Things’: Egyptomania, Empire, and the Senses, 1870–1922,” which looks at Anglo-American artists and collectors in Egypt during the Gilded Age. She received her MA from Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art in 2017 and BA from Temple University in 2015. Stephenson has also previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Preservation Society of Newport County, Dallas Museum of Art, and the Clark Art Institute.


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