The mid-1850s saw the growth of a stained-glass industry on and around Broadway, the primary commercial district of Manhattan, partly because numerous churches were being built in New York during the period, requiring the industry’s services. Sharp joined this movement in the early 1850s, when he established himself as a glass stainer, in partnership with William Steele, at 216 Sixth Avenue. Sharp provided this window and several others for Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church in Brooklyn, a grand Gothic Revival structure built by the firm Renwick and Sands. (James Renwick Jr. designed Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan shortly before Saint Ann’s was completed.) The richly colored windows, typical of the period, feature full-size figures within an elaborate Gothic canopy.
Inscription: On Memorial plaque: "Thou will keep / Him in perfect peace, / Whose mind is / stayed on / Thee." "For thirty five years he was connected with / the vestry and Sunday schools of this church."
The window was installed in St. Ann's Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Clinton Street and Livingston Street in Brooklyn, at the same time that the church was built, between 1867 and 1869. The church (with its windows and furnishings) was sold to Packer Collegiate Institute in 1969. The window has remained in situ until it was removed from the church early in 2002, and its transfer to the Metropolitan Museum.