When The Morning Stars Sang Together And All The Sons Of God Shouted For Joy
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
John La Farge, American (New York, NY 1835 - 1910 Providence, RI)
When the Morning Stars Sang Together and All the Sons of God Shouted for Joy
Other Titles
Former Title: Window: When the Morning Stars Sang Together
Stained Glass
Work Type
stained glass
c. 1884-1885
Creation Place: North America, United States
Physical Descriptions
Pot metal, opalescent, and uncolored glass with vitreous paint
87.6 x 61.9 cm (34 1/2 x 24 3/8 in.)
framed: 98.4 x 70.5 x 6.7 cm (38 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 2 5/8 in.)
Commissioned by Judge William G. Peckham, Trenton, NJ, 1885; his estate sale, Trenton, NJ, 1924; purchased at that sale by Scott and Fowles, New York; their sale to Grenville Lindall Winthrop, New York, 1925.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Chikashi Kitazaki, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, Japan, 2002), p. 57, repr. as fig. 10

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), p. 44, fig. 44

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (New York, NY, 2003), p. 39, fig. 46

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard University Art Museums/Yale University Press (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 197-98, cat. no. 151, reproduced in color, p. 198

Jeffrey Howe, ed., John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred, exh. cat., The University of Chicago Press (2015), p. 66, repr. as fig. 4.33

Christine Temin, Review of Persistence of Memory, The Boston Globe (Boston, MA, November 1, 1995)

Exhibition History

The Persistence of Memory: Continuity and Change in American Cultures, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/29/1995 - 05/13/2001

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

Artstor Digital Library

Google Art Project

Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted