Window 4 – Angel of Victory or Guardian of Medical Science


Lower Subject: Angel of Victory or Guardian of Medical Science

Inscription:     none

Dedication:     In memory of Lawrence Ashton, M.D.

Dr. Ashton was one of the most prominent doctors of his day, born in King George in 1845 and received his medical education at the University of Washington, DC with further studies at the University of New York. He practiced in Fredericksburg for 15 years.  In 1887, he married Miss Nannie Green, daughter of Capt. Duff Green. As vice-president of the Virginia Medical Society for 8 years and president for one he was the originator of the law to regulate the practice of medicine in Virginia.  The window was dedicated by his wife in September, 27, 1917

Maker/Date:  Tiffany Studios, New York, 1917

Description – The angel is wearing a breastplate over armor and holding a sword and buckler which symbolize victory of the triumphant march into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The angel is holding palms also which symbolizes victory of the triumphant march into Jerusalem

Techniques The folds in the robe is another use of drapery glass. The flowers encircling the angel demonstrates Tiffany’s use of many textures and shapes of glass to envelop the angel which will cause of variety of colors throughout the day. This glass is called opalescent glass, glass with more than one color being fused at manufacture.

This window may have been designed by Tiffany’s Frederick Wilson. A portraitist and cartoonist armed with an inexhaustible knowledge of Old and New Testament iconography, Wilson emerged as the firm’s most prolific and talented designer of figural windows and mosaic friezes from 1894 to 1923, producing the bulk of its church memorials until his departure in 1923.


Upper Subject: Ornamental

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