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Tiffany Window at First Presbyterian Church

The north facing window at the First Presbyterian Church on North 10th Street in Richmond was created by Tiffany Studios of New York. Two other churches in Richmond, Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church also contain Tiffany windows.

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From the Richmond Item, Saturday, December 12,1936, Reprinted with permission.

First Presbyterian Church To Dedicate New Window

A special dedicatory service for the new Tiffany window, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Clements of 311 South Seventeenth Street, depicting the appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene after His resurrection will be conducted at the Sunday morning worship hour of the First Presbyterian Church.

The organ music will be played by Mrs. Yale Schively who will present the prelude "Kamennoi-Ostrow," (Rebinstein), the offertory, "Ave Maria," (Schubert), and the postlude, "Kipling's Recessional," (Dehaven).  A sextet composed of Mrs. Robert Sudhoff, soprano, Mrs. Burton Carr, soprano, Mrs. Ralph Wynn, contralto, Richard Little, tenor, and Frank Braffett, bass, will sing the anthem, "Adore and Be Still," (Gounod), with a violin obligato by Lewis G. East, and the anthem, "Magdalene," (Warren).  Richard Little will sing a solo, "Light,) (J.P. Scott). the pastor, Rev. James Lyons Chesnut, will preach on the subject, "Christ and Mary Magdalene."  Church Bible School sessions will be held at 9:30 A.M. Young People's Sunday Evening Club will meet Sunday evening at 6 o'clock for lunch and forum discussion.

The window, shown above, is designed in the Renaissance style and depicts the appearance of The Lord after His resurrection to Mary Magdalene on the road to the Sepulchre.  In the central panel the figures of The Lord and Mary Magdalene are shown in richly-colored robes in a beautiful garden setting bordered by outer panels rich in white and gold ornamental detail.

In the upper panel of the central panel the artist has shown the symbol of virtue, the lilies, and on either side of the figures, the symbols of Baptism and Holy Eucharist.  The window was designed and executed by the Tiffany Studios of  New York.


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