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George Bryant will give an illustrated preview of his new book, the first book-length study on Henry Holiday (1839–1927) in more than a century and the first detailed study of his important stained-glass windows designed for America.
Holiday was unquestionably one of the greatest stained-glass artists of the Victorian-Edwardian period, yet his considerable achievements have not received the recognition that they deserve.
Taking Holiday’s commissions for New York State churches as its focus, George Bryant’s ground-breaking study places the artist’s transatlantic accomplishments in the context of the social, artistic, religious and economic shifts that shaped his success in the US during America’s Gilded. It also provides a clear understanding of the technical and aesthetic differences that set Holiday's stained-glass apart from that of his contemporaries such as Edward Burne-Jones, John La Farge, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.