J&R Lamb Studios

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Frederick Stymetz Lamb. Religion Enthroned, Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Irving T. Bush in memory of his father and mother, 29.1082. Creative Commons-BY-NC.[1]

J&R Lamb Studios, America's oldest continuously-run decorative arts company, is famous as a stained glass maker, preceding the studios of both John LaFarge and Louis C. Tiffany.[2]


The J&R Lamb Studios was established in 1857 by brothers Joseph (1833–1898) and Richard Lamb (1836–1909) in Greenwich Village in New York City. They had previously left Lewisham, England to come to the United States with their family since their father, a landscape architect, was engaged to work on Niblo's Garden, an exhibition hall and open-air theater.[2][3]

Originally, the company also did mosaic, murals, monuments, and other work for churches, temples, residences, government and academic institutions.

The firm was chosen by the United States government as one of four studios to represent American achievements in stained glass at the Paris International Exposition of 1900. They won two prizes for their window entitled Religion Enthroned designed by Frederick Stymetz Lamb (1862–1928), the third of Joseph's sons.[1][3] Frederick's brother, Charles Rollinson Lamb (1860-1942), a renowned City Beautiful theorist and architect, shaped the studio's aesthetic and intellectual character and business.[2] Frederick became its head of design and supervised the firm's team of skilled craftsman.[4] In the early 1920s Frederick and his wife Nellie moved to Berkeley, California where he supervised local civic projects and frequently exhibited his landscapes in oil to great acclaim at the art colonies in Berkeley and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.[5]

Ella Condie Lamb, the wife of Charles Rollinson Lamb, was a well known artist and stained glass designer, also winning a medal in the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 for her oil work, "The Advent Angel".[6][7]

Studio owner and family member, Karl Barre Lamb (1890–1969), was president of the Stained Glass Association of America 1954–1955 and an elected fellow.[8] Lamb descendants ran the studios until his death.[2] Under Karl B. Lamb's leadership, the studios relocated to Tenafly, New Jersey after the Great Depression.[3]

In 1970, Lamb Studios artist Donald Samick bought the firm.[2]

With the death of the stained glass artist Katharine Lamb Tait (1895–1981), the daughter of Charles Rollinson Lamb, the Lamb family was no longer involved with the studio.[9]

The Library of Congress is the repository for the Lamb Studios Archive.[2][10]

Studio location history[edit]

Cf. Lamb Studios Archive: Background, Library of Congress

Selected works[edit]


Design drawing c.1927 by Katharine Lamb Tait, J&R Lamb Studios, for a stained glass window called Arts Education, Froelich Memorial Window in the Newark Museum



  1. ^ a b "Religion Enthroned", Brooklyn Museum collection description. (alternative view at Britannica)
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lamb Studios Archive - Library of Congress
  3. ^ a b c Seeley, Barea Lamb, "Lamb Studios History", Encyclopedia of New Jersey, Rutgers University Press, 2004. Cf. pp. 452-453
  4. ^ "Frederick Stymetz Lamb", Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
  5. ^ Edwards, Robert W. (2012). Jennie V. Cannon: The Untold History of the Carmel and Berkeley Art Colonies, Vol. 1. Oakland, Calif.: East Bay Heritage Project. pp. 265, 478–479, 689. ISBN 9781467545679. An online facsimile of the entire text of Vol. 1 is posted on the Traditional Fine Arts Organization website ("Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-06-07. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link))
  6. ^ "Lamb, Ella Condie (1862–1936): STAINED GLASS ARTIST; MURALIST", Philadelphia Architects and Buildings, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia.
  7. ^ Wood, Wallace, "The Advent Angel, by Ella Condie Lamb", The Century Magazine, Volume 47 Issue 2 (December 1893)
  8. ^ "Past Presidents of the Stained Glass Association of America", Stained Glass Association of America.
  9. ^ "Obituary: Katharine Lamb Tait, Designed Stained Glass", The New York Times, August 13, 1981
  10. ^ Lamb Studio Archive photo collection – Library of Congress
  11. ^ Camp Lejeune Window
  12. ^ "Dedication of the Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library", Watertown, New York, 1903.
  13. ^ "Design drawing for stained glass window called Arts Education, Froelich Memorial Window" - Lamb Studios Archive, Library of Congress
  14. ^ "Building of the Day: 75 Hicks Street", Brownstoner, December 2010
  15. ^ "South Clerestory Windows - St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral", Buffalo Architecture and History
  16. ^ "History of the Chapel", Tuskegee University.

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