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What is this?

Ochre buildings seen from corner situated in sandy landscape. Central building has two stories, each accentuated with projecting cornices and large brackets beneath. Roofline culminates in twin domes. A portion of another building in a similar architectural style is seen at right. It has a projecting balcony and similar roofline and dome. All buildings seem to be part of a larger complex.

Why is this in our collection?

This sketch documents Lockwood de Forest’s trip to India. In 1880, he and Meta Kemble were married in New York and soon thereafter departed for India on their honeymoon, which also served as a buying trip. By this time, de Forest had abandoned landscape painting and committed himself to design and the decorative arts. He had started a partnership with Louis Comfort Tiffany, called Tiffany and de Forest, and was looking for decorative arts objects and jewelry to send back to the United States for use in interior design commissions. He traveled to Ahmedabad where he met Maganbhai Hutheesing and set up the arrangement for Hutheesing to manage a workshop producing Indian carved teak and perforated brass backed... more

This is a drawing from India. It is dated March 19, 1881 and we acquired it in 2013. Gifted by a Private Santa Barbara Collector, courtesy of Sullivan Goss - An American Art Gallery.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 213 as part of Passion for the Exotic: Lockwood de Forest, Frederic Church.

Its medium is

brush and oil paint on thin paperboard

Its dimensions are

26.2 x 31.7 cm (10 5/16 x 12 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Verso, in graphite, a geometric sketch of a rectangle intersected with lines in the center of board, likely by artist.

It is signed

In graphite, lower left margin: L de F

It is inscribed

Recto, in graphite, lower left margin: Fattipur Sikri / Mar 19/81; Verso, in graphite, lower right: #156431
We have 1 video that features Drawing, Fatehpur Sikri, Birbal’s Palace, India, March 19, 1881.

Lockwood de Forest | Passion for the Exotic

Join Cooper Hewitt curators Sarah Coffin and Gail Davidson, and Lockwood de Forest scholar Roberta Mayer for three presentations celebrating the Carnegie Mansion’s newly restored Teak Room....

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This object was created by Lockwood de Forest

This object was agent: Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery and donated by Anonymous

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