Drawing, Fatehpur Sikri, Birbal’s Palace, India, March 19, 1881
Brush and oil paint on thin paperboard. Gifted by a Private Santa Barbara Collector, courtesy of Sullivan Goss - An American Art Gallery. 2013-38-2.
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
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