Viking Ship
Date: 1883-1884
Medium: Stained glass
Dimensions: 32 x 31 1/2 in. (81.3 x 80 cm) frame: 37 x 37 in. (94 x 94 cm)
Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 1985
Object Number: 1985-26
About: Morris’ decorative arts company got under way in 1861. The early concentration on medieval design was gradually broadened to include other stylistic influences. Sometimes the style was dictated by the patron, as in the case of this stained glass piece, part of a larger window scheme for the Newport, Rhode Island, home of Catherine Lorillard Wolfe, a wealthy art patron. Her home, one of the earliest of the Newport Gilded Age “palaces,” was designed around a Viking theme, reflecting a local belief that the first Vikings on the continent landed nearby.
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