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WILBUR H. BURNHAM (USA, Boston 1887-1974 / act: Boston)

Wilbur H. Burnham Wilbur Herbert Burnham, Sr. was an artist and master craftsman in stained glass. He was born in 1887 in Boston. He studied at the Massachusetts School of Art. Afterwards he worked with Harry Goodhue from 1904-1908. He designed for Horace J. Phipps and later became a partner with Phipps, Ball and Burnham Company. In 1922, he started his own studio. He did much work for the architect Ralph Adams Cram. Recognized as an outstanding authority on his subject, Burnham was commissioned to design windows for churches and cathedrals in the United States and in Europe. Among his most notable stained glass work are a Choir Clerestory window, National Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, Washington, DC; five nave windows and five apse clerestory windows, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC; five apse clerestory windows, the Riverside Church, NYC; the chancel windows, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh; the nave aisle windows, Princeton University Chapel; the American Church in Paris; and the main hall of the Doheny Memorial Library of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was President of the Copley Society of Arts & Crafts, and member of the St. Botolph Club, The Medieval Academy of America, American Federation of Arts, Salon of Allied Arts and the Society of Designer-Craftsmen. Although Wilbur H. Burnham died in 1974, his studio is still in operation. Located in Rowley, MA, it is operated by his grandson, Mr. Wilbur C. Burnham.

[Megakles Rogakos 01/2011]

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