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What is this?

The library interior shows elements of the Aesthetic Movement. The furniture, including a fur-covered couch, bentwood chairs, and a bamboo armchair and writing table, located in the neighboring room on the left, is utilitarian. The use of tiles on either side of the stained glass windows and of geometric-patterned walls are design components often seen in late nineteenth century England.

Why is this in our collection?

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Thaw, who donated a significant collection of staircase models and related drawings to Cooper-Hewitt, are now proposing a promised gift of a splendid collection of 19th-century European watercolors of interiors. Among the largest group of this kind in private hands, 36 of these beautiful and informative drawings were displayed in 1992 at The Frick Collection which produced a handsome accompanying catalog, An Album of Nineteenth-Century Interiors:  Watercolors from Two Private Collections. Since that time, Mr. Thaw has continued to add material to the collection, which currently numbers 86 drawings. In terms of countries represented, the largest number is from German and Austria,... more

This is a drawing from United Kingdom. It is dated 1884 and we acquired it in 2007. Thaw Collection. This object is currently resting in our storage facility ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Its medium is

brush and watercolor, gouache, pen and brown and black ink, graphite on white paper

Its dimensions are

Sheet: 33 x 45 cm (13 x 17 11/16 in.) Mat: 55.9 x 71.1 cm (22 x 28 in.) Frame H x W x D: 60.3 x 75.6 x 2.5 cm (23 3/4 in. x 29 3/4 in. x 1 in.)

It is signed

Signed, lower left: Anna Alma-Tadema 19/11/84

This object was created by Anna Alma-Tadema

This object was donated by Clare E. Thaw

This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18708237/ |title=Drawing, "Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's Library in Townshend House, London", 1884 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=21 September 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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