Louis Comfort Tiffany

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Louis Comfort Tiffany

Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Death: Died in New York, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Kings County, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Lewis Tiffany and Harriet Olivia Avery Tiffany
Husband of Mary Woodbridge Tiffany and Louise Wakeman Tiffany
Father of Mary Woodbridge Lusk; Julia de Forest Tiffany; Louise Comfort Gilder; Dorothy Trimble; Charles Lewis Tiffany, II and 4 others
Brother of Annie Olivia Mitchell; Louise Tiffany and Burnett Tiffany

Occupation: Artist
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About Louis Comfort Tiffany


Louis Comfort Tiffany (February 18, 1848 – January 17, 1933) was an American artist and designer who worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass. He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements. Tiffany was affiliated with a prestigious collaborative of designers known as the Associated Artists, which included Lockwood de Forest, Candace Wheeler, and Samuel Colman. Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork.


Louis was the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany and Company; and Harriet Olivia Avery Young.

Louis married Mary Woodbridge Goddard (c1850-1884) on May 15, 1872 in Norwich, Connecticut and had the following children:

  • Mary Woodbridge Tiffany (1873–1963) married Graham Lusk
  • Charles Louis Tiffany I (1874-1874)
  • Charles Louis Tiffany II (1878–1947)
  • Hilda Goddard Tiffany (1879–1908)

After the death of his wife, he married Louise Wakeman Knox (1851–1904) on November 9, 1886. They had the following children:

  • Louise Comfort Tiffany (1887–1974) married Rodman Drake DeKay Gilder
  • Julia DeForest Tiffany (1887–1973) married Gurdon S. Parker then married Francis Minot Weld
  • Annie Olivia Tiffany (1888–1892)
  • Dorothy Trimble Tiffany (1891–1979), who, as Dorothy Burlingham, later became a noted psychoanalyst and lifelong friend and partner of Anna Freud.

Many of Tiffany's descendants are active in the arts, politics, and the sciences. Only one descendant is working in glass today — Dr. Rodman Gilder Miller of Seattle, Washington.

From the 1870 federal census, Louis Comfort Tiffany lived with his parents and siblings in Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York. The family at that time consisted of: Head Charles Tiffany 50 Wife Harriet Tiffany 50 Daughter Annie Tiffany 23 Son Louis Tiffany 21 Daughter Louisa Tiffany 13 Son Burret Tiffany 11




  • William Warmus. The Essential Louis Comfort Tiffany. New York: Abrams, 2001. Pages 5-8.
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Louis Comfort Tiffany's Timeline

February 18, 1848
New York, New York, United States
May 18, 1872
Age 24
September 1886
Age 38
January 17, 1933
Age 84
New York, New York, United States
Age 84
Kings County, New York, United States