This book offers the first full account of Crowninshield's life and work. Gertrude de G. Wilmers and Julie L. Sloan situate his career in the context of patronage, class, and art and provide an expert analysis of his work in stained glass, mural painting, oil, and watercolor. The book is richly illustrated with artworks by Crowninshield and his contemporaries, student drawings, family photographs, and related works of architecture.
"Crowninshield is a great artist and deserves to be reconsidered. . . . This is a very good piece of work and I highly recommend it."—Richard Guy Wilson, University of Virginia
"This beautifully produced biography of the late-19th- and early-20th-century American artist, author, and arts administrator Frederic Crowninshield was meticulously researched and written by Wilmers, retired research associate at the International Foundation for Art Research and Crowninshield's great-granddaughter, and stained class author and consultant Sloan. . . . This volume offers an extensive description and analysis of Crowninshield's stained glass windows, murals, and paintings and places them in social, artistic, and historical context. Complementing the scholarly text are precise captions, a glossary, and extensive bibliography, and appendixes that include several illustrations of Crowninshield's original designs and an annotated list of his installed stained glass windows and murals. Recommended."—Choice
"This extensively researched, well written, and beautifully illustrated monograph utilizes a host of Crowninshield's easel paintings in works and stained glass to illuminate a significant career that has generally been ignored. . . . Wilmers and Sloan have created a book that will interest anyone who loves Crowninshield's period, and also one that restores him to his rightful position as an important artist-decorator."—Fine Arts Connoisseur
"...an outstanding, extensively-referenced and scholarly book, certainly the definitive work to-date on this talented artist. . . . Engagingly written, it is easy to follow Crowninshield's life as he moved within the artistic circles of late nineteenth-century America and Italy and to understand the sociological factors that influenced his work. Illustrations of his paintings, watercolors and stained glass windows make for an enjoyable read."—Nineteenth Century
"Illustrated with impeccable photographs furnished by Ms. Sloan and various institutions holding Crowninshileld's easel and mural paintings, the book brings to light a greatly overlooked and underestimated figure and adds to the growing narrative history of stained glass as a unique expression of the American Renaissance."—The Journal of Stained Glass
"Frederic Crowninshield will prove an important resource for art historians, especially those interested in the decorative and public arts, as well as cultural historians of the Gilded Age. It would also be valuable reading for the thousands of students pursuing professional fine arts degrees today, as it provides a well-documented model of an artist dedicating his talents to the uplift and reform of the nation."—Winterthur Portfolio
"Sloan and Wilmers have produced an enjoyable biography that successfully situates an innovative American artist from the upper social crust in the era in which he lived. This is the first biography of Frederic Crowninshield and makes substantial progress in reclaiming him from relative obscurity."—Historical Journal of Massachusetts