Agnes Northrop information at Dreihaus Museum, Chicago (note that where she studied is unknown)
This landscape watercolor displayed in the Drawing Room was painted by Agnes Northrop (1857-1953), one of the original six workers of the Tiffany Studio Women’s Glass Cutting Department. Largely ignored and uncredited during her lifetime, Northrop was an accomplished stained-glass designer, photographer, and painter, as evidenced by this gouache and oil landscape. Although it is unknown where she received her artistic training, she most likely met Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1880s. By the 1890s, she had forged an independent role for herself within the studio, using her artistic abilities to pioneer landscape stained-glass windows. The landscape painting within the Driehaus Museum’s collection is most likely of a scene in Flushing, New York, where Northrop grew up. She stayed with Tiffany Studios until it closed and remained active as a designer of leaded windows until age 94.
Agnes Northrop (1857-1953). Landscape, c. 1890-1925. Gouache and oil
The Garden as a Picture: Agnes Northrop’s Stained-Glass Designs for Louis C.Tiffany
ALICE COONEY FRELINGHUYSEN, THE ANTHONY W. AND LULU C. WANG CURATOR OF AMERICAN DECORATIVE ARTS AT THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, WILL BUILD ON HER EXTENSIVE STUDY OF THE WORK OF LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY. THIS LECTURE WILL BRING TO LIGHT NEW RESEARCH ON AGNES NORTHROP, THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT WOMAN DESIGNER LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY EMPLOYED. IN SPITE OF HER PROMINENT ROLE AT THE TIME, FEW WINDOWS, UNTIL RECENTLY, HAVE BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO HER, AND HER SIGNIFICANCE HAS BEEN LONG OVERSHADOWED BY TIFFANY HIMSELF AND BY OTHER WOMEN IN HIS EMPLOY. THE LECTURE WILL EXPLORE NORTHROP'S PIONEERING WORK AS A DESIGNER OF WINDOWS IN A MALE-DOMINATED FIELD.