Drawing, "Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema's Library in Townshend House, London", 1884 Brush and watercolor, gouache, pen and brown and black ink, graphite on white paper. Thaw Collection. 2007-27-72.
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 object has been included in the following exhibitions:
- House Proud: 19th Century Watercolor Interiors from the Thaw Collection, Tuesday, August 12, 2008 - Sunday, January 25, 2009