This image comes from an illustration of the original Tiffany window at the time of its dedication. This may have been the designer's original art or a rendering of the newly installed window. The image was reproduced in The History of the Dutch Reformed Church of Breucklen…* published at the time of the building's dedication.
Enjoy the typography in the memorial window panes, shown below, a wonderful example of Arts and Crafts lettering.
This window was selected as the first to be restored because of its significance as a work of Tiffany and for the variety of stained glass styles found in the work. Its overall appearance was darkened as a result of the clouded lexan; there was soot on the window surfaces and inside, within the glass layers. Worse, the face of Jesus was wiped away by a well-meaning, however overly zealous parishioner who wanted to clean the window but who misguidedly washed the paint from the face! Sad but alas, a true story.
The craftspeople who restored this window transported the entire panel back to their studio where it was completely disassembled, cleaned, reassembled and releaded. A young artist was employed to render the face, finishing the restoration; a satisfactory solution until such a time as funds might be raised to do justice to the original work. To the right is displayed a portion of the artist's drawing which shows the original expression of Christ's face and flow of his hair.
Upon reinstallation, protective state-of-the-art glazing was added outside, with ventilation to allow for circulation which will increase the longevity of the new lead cames and protect the window from pollution and dirt.
Kissam / Ryerson Family Window
At the time of his death in 1889, George Kissam was one of the oldest members of the church; he had been a member for over fifty years having served many of those years as an elder and as president of the Consistory. He was serving on the Building Committee for the church at the time of his passing.
If you are interested in learning more about the Ryerson and Kissam families of Old First, browse the History of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Breuckelen, now known as The First Reformed Church of Brooklyn, 1654 to 1896, put out by the Consistory of Old First in 1896, which is searchable online through Google Books. Also found is The Kissam Family in America from 1624 to 1825 by Edward Kissam, 1892.
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Written content edited from many sources previously produced by the Church and by Rev. Daniel Meeter.