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Sower and Soldier

One of Tiffany Studios' Final Windows:

Sower and Soldier

Sower and Soldier


  • Types of glass: 1. Opalescent 2. Mottled 3. Striated 4. Acid-Etched Flash 5. Cast Glass Jewels

  • Painting on faces, legs, arms, and hands

  • Multiple Layers

  • 1920


Louis Comfort Tiffany personally designed this window in the medallion format, which has its design roots in the work of medieval glaziers. This type of window was installed in cathedrals in Europe by the early 13th century. At Chartres, for example, the lives of saints and stories from the Bible were most commonly depicted in complex medallion patterns. The medallions were in geometric shapes, such as circles, quatrefoils, or petals.

In this window, the biblical characters of the Sower and the Soldier are each contained within a medallion. Geometric patterns bordering the figural medallions are enhanced by glass jewels. The window incorporates bright yellow, red and blue glass, which is a departure from the glass colors most often used by Tiffany. This window is similar in color and format to the Tree of Life window at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, Florida, which was the last window personally designed by Louis C. Tiffany.

This window and two others in the collection are from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The St. John the Baptist window was designed by the Sperry firm and is similar in color to this window. Woman Looking to the Sea is a more traditional Tiffany-style window. The three windows have crosses and quatrefoils in their upper portions. These elements provided continuity among windows created by different designers.


  • This was one of the last windows produced by the Tiffany firm before it closed in 1932.

  • The quantity, size, color, and variation of the cast jewels in this window make them unique. Also, notice the turtle back tile in the center of the cross at the top of the window.

Sower and Soldier

Louis C. Tiffany New York

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