TITLE: 150th Anniversary of the J&R Lamb Studios: Afternoon Session
SPEAKER: Barea Lamb Seeley, Virginia Raguin
EVENT DATE: 2007/11/28
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 226 minutes
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Art and architectural historians and design community insiders assembled at the Library of Congress for a symposium celebrating 150 years of J&R Lamb Studios, America's oldest continuously-run decorative arts firm, which preceded and influenced the studios of both John LaFarge and Louis C. Tiffany.
The Library of Congress acquired the J&R Lamb Studios archives in 2003 to 2004. The collection contains company records and thousands of original artworks, including preparatory paintings for Lamb's famously influential stained-glass windows.
C. Ford Peatross, curator of the Library's architecture, design and engineering collections, organized the event, which was sponsored by the Library's Prints and Photographs Division and Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering.
Speaking during the afternoon session were Barea Lamb Seeley, great-granddaughter of the studio's co-founder Joseph Lamb and an archive donor, and Virginia Raguin, a professor of art history and a distinguished scholar of stained glass and ecclesiastical art at the College of Holy Cross. Raguin presented "A Light on Lamb: Assessing and Contextualizing Lamb Studios Stained Glass and Decorative Arts." She placed the impact of the Lamb Studios' art in the larger context of historical and contemporary decorative arts. Seeley presented "A Family Member's Memories of a Great American Art Family and Family Business."
Speaker Biography: Barea Lamb Seeley is the great-granddaughter of the studio's co-founder Joseph Lamb and an archive donor.
Speaker Biography: Virginia Raguin is a professor of art history and a distinguished scholar of stained glass and ecclesiastical art at the College of Holy Cross.