The Lamb Family

Have you noticed the stained glass panel in the library?

It is entitled "Jesus Increased in Wisdom and Stature" and was designed by Katharine Lamb Tait. The panel was donated to the library in her memory in the 1980s, following her death in 1981.

Katharine and her family have influenced both the library and the Borough of Cresskill through their contributions, both artistic and otherwise.

The Lamb Family

The Lamb family's contributions to the library and to the town go back much further than the donation of the stained glass panel. As the article above notes, the library started to develop in 1930, when Charles Lamb donated 1,800 volumes to the American Legion Post at Camp Merritt. These volumes became part of the library's collection after the organization of a library association in the early 1930s. This association became known as the Cresskill Free Public Library Association.

Charles R. Lamb

Ella Condie Lamb (1862-1936)

Ella Condie Lamb was an artist who worked with different techniques and mediums including stained glass, murals, pastels, watercolors, and pen and ink.

She was born in New York City in August of 1862. She studied at Art Students League in New York City and with Herbert Von Herkomer in England and R. Collins in Paris. She married Charles Rollinson Lamb, who was president of J & R Lamb Studios, as well as an architect-designer and city planner. She had five children. She died in Cresskill on January 23, 1936.

Her major commissions include:

Flower Memorial Library - Watertown, NY

Sage Memorial Chapel, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

Wells College - Aurora, NY

St. John's Church - Detroit, MI

The Newark Museum - Newark, NJ

Obituary from March 1936 National Arts Club Bulletin.
Obituary from January 24, 1936 New York Herald Tribune.
Obituary from Saturday, January 25, 1936 New York Times.

*Information and Articles provided by Barrie Tait Collins.

Frederick Stymetz Lamb (1862-1928)

Frederick Stymetz Lamb was an artist and stained glass designer. He designed approximately 2,000 pieces for J. & R. Lamb Studios. He was born in New York City on June 21, 1863 to Joseph Lamb, founder of J. & R. Lamb Studios, and was the brother of Charles Rollinson Lamb. He married Nellie Albert and had two children. He died in California on July 8, 1928.

His major commissions include:

Memorial Chapel, Stamford University - CA

Sage Memorial Chapel, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

Flower Memorial Library - Watertown, NY

Plymouth Church - Brooklyn, NY

Public School No. 5 - Brooklyn, NY

Woodward Lycee - Cincinnati, OH

Katharine Lamb Tait (June 3, 1895 - August 11, 1981)

Image from The Last Stained Glass Lamb by David Adams and provided by Barrie Tait Collins [Adams,D. (1982). The Last Stained Glass Lamb. Stained Glass, Spring 1982, 41-44.]

Born in Alpine to designer-architect Charles Rollinson Lamb and artist Ella Condie Lamb, Katharine Lamb Tait lived in her parents' summer home on Lambs Lane in Cresskill for many years. She married Trevor S. Tait and moved permanently to Cresskill, where she raised four children and remained until her death at the age of 86.

She studied at the National Academy of Design, Art Students League, and Cooper Union School of Design, all in NYC, and at Academie Colarossi, in Paris. She taught design at Cooper Union Art School from 1922 to 1926 and worked as a designer of stained glass windows and mosaics at J & R Lamb Studios from 1921-1926, while semi-retired from 1927-1937, and as head designer from 1936-1979.

The panel on display in the library is a small scale example of some of the larger designs Lamb created in her lifetime. Her work can also be seen in the plaque depicting the Palisades of the Hudson River on the stone at the base of the obelisk on the site of Camp Merritt.

Image from The Last Stained Glass Lamb by David Adams and provided by Barrie Tait Collins [Adams,D. (1982). The Last Stained Glass Lamb. Stained Glass, Spring 1982, 41-44.]

Her major commissions include:

  • Protestant and Roman Catholic Chapels at united States Marine Corp. Base - Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - NY, NY
  • Old Mariners Church - Detroit, Michigan
  • Presbyterian Church - Tenafly, NJ
  • Canaan Baptist Church - Washington DC
  • All Saints Episcopal Church - Birmingham, AL
  • Church of the Advent - Kenmore, NY
  • First Baptist Church - Richmond, VA
  • Newark Museum - Newark, NJ
  • First Presbyterian Church - Watertown, NY
Hugo B. Froehlich Memorial Window, Newark Museum, 1926Image from The Last Stained Glass Lamb by David Adams and provided by Barrie Tait Collins [Adams,D. (1982). The Last Stained Glass Lamb. Stained Glass, Spring 1982, 41-44.]

*Information provided by Barrie Tait Collins


J & R Lamb Studios

Special thanks to Mrs. Barrie Tait Collins, Lamb’s daughter, for providing the library with a great deal of information which will be contained with the library’s local history materials.