Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University
The Rose Window was commissioned in 1894 by Josephine Louise Newcomb in honor of her daughter Sophie, and features the initials HSN for her daughter in the center. The design is based around Celtic knotwork patterns and Islamic art, which was an inspiration for the Arts and Crafts movement which Tiffany worked contemporaneously alongside (although he did not consider himself to be an adherent of that movement).
The Rose designs were a template in a catalog of available works form the Tiffany Studio, though the density of this window’s knotwork is more detailed than most other’s available from Tiffany’s Studio. This density means less light comes through the window. The thick leading of the work evokes the wrought iron that New Orleans is famous for, and is also unique to this piece.
Originally placed above the Supper at Emmaus window of the Garden District Newcomb Memorial Chapel, the Rose Window is now permanently installed on the West Wall of the Rogers Chapel on Tulane’s Uptown campus.
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