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Image ID: 296
Title:Drawing of a stained glass window being cut into pieces in preparation for tracing onto glass
Source:Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn Archives, Bryn Athyn, PA
Medium:35mm slide
Description: Each stained glass window went through a meticulous design process, from sketch, to scale drawing, to full-size cartoon, before the glass was cut and the window assembled. Pieces of paper were cut out from the full-size cartoon to represent each piece of glass. “These are very carefully cut out, and numbered and put back on the original design. The artist then uses this to select the colors that he wants. Now what he does, he holds up the piece of glass as you see here, and I told you that we made it uneven in thickness—this is to allow the artist to select shading from dark to light in any particular piece of glass, so as to get the effect that he wants” (Gunther, Ariel.  Transcript of Bryn Athyn glassmaking lecture. Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn Archives, Bryn Athyn , Pennsylvania ).